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Thursday, 20 June, 2013

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govt seeks $5b IMF bailout package

pakistan to honour Ip gas project: abbasi

global refugee numbers at 19-year high

Dominant england cruise into final

Seeking a bailout package worth $5 billion to support the drowning economy of the country, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday opened a weeklong debate on the country’s latest fiscal and macroeconomic adjustments. page 03

Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said the government would respect the agreement of gas pipeline with Iran that was signed by the former government. He assured to work with Iran on the project of gas pipeline according to the agreement. page 04

The number of people who have been forcibly displaced by war and other crises worldwide has risen to its highest level for almost two decades, hitting 45.2 million, according to the UN’s refugee agency. Annual figures released by the UNHCR on Wednesday showed that 1.1 million fled across international borders in 2012. page 07

England and South Africa had not met in a major ICC semi-final since the World Cup in Sydney in 1992, a match which AB de Villiers admitted before the start of play ended with him “crying myself to sleep.” Grown man now or not, after the mess South Africa made of this tie, he could be forgiven for repeating the experience. page 21


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NISAR SECONDS POINTS RAISED BY PTI CHIEF, CALLS SPEECH THAT OF A STATESMAN ISLAMABAD Tayyab Hussain

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NOTher chapter was added into the country’s democratic history on Wednesday as the opposition and treasury members spoke of their respective resolve to evolving consensus on key national issues and formulating a joint strategy to eradicate terrorism and introducing transparency, good governance and removing corruption from the country. The initiative in this regard was taken by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, who not only took formal oath as member of the National Assembly, but also made his maiden speech on the issues confronted by the people of Pakistan. Khan, who was unable to take oath with other lawmakers on June 1 as he was undergoing treatment for severe back injuries suffered after a fall at an election rally, completely dwarfed Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah, who was first to welcome him with a handshake. The 60-year-old Khan appeared visibly perturbed by terrorist attacks on his party leaders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), as he spoke his heart out on terrorism and called for a consensus strategy to deal with terrorists. elaborate security protocol was in place for Khan, who returned to the National Assembly after around nine years. he had resigned from his NA membership in 2004 to protest Pakistan military’s operation in South Waziristan. As soon as the PTI chief entered the house, workers and sympathisers of the PTI present in the galleries stood up and started clapping. Wearing a white cotton shalwar kameez, Khan walked with a little unease. The medical vest he had donned for supporting his injured back was visible through his clothes. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, who defeated Khan in NA-122 Lahore constituency, promptly directed visitors not to clap for Khan, who he said was still a stranger in the house until he took oath as a member. Khan was immediately asked to take oath. No treasury member went to Khan’s

Imran Khan urges drone actIon as he becomes mP PM TO SOON CONVENE MEETING ON COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY seat to enquire about his health until after his speech ended, while Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan constantly remained involved in consultation with Law Minister Zahid hamid, pretending he had not seen Khan. Calling for evolving a consensus on national issues, Khan urged the government and military leaders to build a unanimous strategy to stop US drone attacks and remove the impression that Pakistan was part of the US war on terrorism. Khan did not hide his party’s intention of holding the new government accountable as a robust opposition. “The prime minister, army chief and KP chief minister should sit together and form a policy on halting drone attacks. We would have to tell the US that we are all on the same page. We have to make this war our war, and it cannot become our war unless we stop drone attacks,” he maintained. The PTI chief argued that the civilian deaths encouraged people to join militant groups, and the Taliban held the government responsible for drone strikes and ensuing deaths. Khan said he was not in favour of shooting down drones, as some of his own party members had urged, but called for a more concerted diplomatic effort. “each drone strike links Pakistan to the war on terror of US. Whenever we go for talks, drone attacks disrupt the peace initiative. I have heard that Waliur rehman was supportive of talks but he was also wiped out like Naik Mohammad and others. We would have to get drone attacks stopped,” he asserted. he said the PTI had a strategy of doing so. he asked the government to speak the truth to the people of Pakistan and stop lying. “If there is any agreement for drone strikes, please make it public,” he added. “First of all we should go to the UN Security Council and raise the issue there. There is a strong support within the US for our anti-drone drive. Barack Obama also changed his policy of reducing drone attacks following pressure from his own people, not ours. even there is an anti-drone group in British parliament,” he said. Khan said that after getting drone strikes stopped, the government should form a truth and reconciliation commission

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan signs the rolls after being administered oath as member of the National Assembly by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday.

in Waziristan. he also urged Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to form a commission to probe massive allegations of vote fraud to revive the confidence of youth in democratic process. “I am not asking for more. Probe should be conducted in four constituencies as a litmus test and votes should be verified with thumb impression verification.” “I was jailed for the cause of CJP. We took out two long marches for my dream of an independent judiciary. It’s the responsibility of the CJP to serve justice,” he maintained. The PTI chairman also called for making NAB independent and authorised to even arrest ministers and other high-ranking officials to purge corruption from the government’s ranks. IMRAN STATESMAN: In his speech, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar called Khan a statesman and told the parliament that the government had held detailed discussions with the army chief and would formulate a consensus on drones. “The nation should stand united and send out a message that Pakistan is not a banana republic,” Nisar said. Welcoming Khan’s speech, Nisar called upon political forces to join hands for national consensus on important economic, political and strategic issues. “Imran’s voice was not the voice of a party leader but of a patriotic Pakistani. If

these sentiments continue to prevail, this parliament will be the pivot of power and no world power will dare humiliate Pakistan,” he said. Focusing on every point raised by Khan one by one, Nisar invited the opposition to investigate election results on 10, 20 or 30 seats. “You give the names for an independent commission. We shall ensure open investigation whether by checking voters’ finger prints or through other mechanism. You propose four constituencies, but we offer you any 10 to 30 seats for investigations. The government will support this process to know the reality,” Nisar said. he proposed disqualifying any member who had reached the house through rigging and ban such members for three to five years and dismiss the officials who collaborated in rigging. NATIONAL SECURITY: On national security issues, the interior minister said the prime minister had almost completed consultation with political leaders to convene a meeting on two points; independence and sovereignty and terrorism. he also mentioned a meeting with the chief of the army staff and said defence services chiefs would also be invited to this meeting. he said Pakistan was not part of the war on terror and it was dragged into it by a dictator for continuation of his regime. On the issue of accountability, Nisar agreed with the proposal of Imran Khan re-

garding an independent accountability system. “We want a consensus NAB chairman who enjoys confidence of all stakeholders in terms of honesty and impartiality. We shall hold meaningful consultation. We shall send the panel of names to opposition to ensure a genuine and independent NAB. It will be meaningful consultation contrary to the past practice,” he added. “Let us also constitute an ethics committee of the house to judge the conduct of parliamentarians and any allegation against any member should first be judged by this committee and then sent to NAB.” The interior minister also invited the opposition to introduce a conflict of interests bill to the house and assured the government’s support. “No government can be worth its name until it ensures transparency.” Nisar also mentioned to process of election of chief election commissioner and said, his name was first floated by the PTI and the PML-N stood by the nomination. he assured accepting criticism with an open heart and taking along the opposition on national issues like economic revival, war against terrorism, independence of institutions and load shedding. “Let us have a joint ownership of all decisions. Let us move forward with this spirit. We are ready to give credit to the opposition for successes and take responsibility for failures. But ensure that the house enjoys respect and democracy flourishes,” he added.

Security issues bring civil, military leaders on same page LEADERSHIP AGREES ON MECHANISM FOR IMPROVED INTELLIGENCE SHARING ISLAMABAD Tayyab Hussain

A high-level meeting held at the Prime Minister’s office over evaluation of the security situation across the country in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Balochistan on

Wednesday agreed on a consensus mechanism to improve coordination between the intelligence agencies. Furthermore, the meeting came to an agreement that drones were no longer tolerable. A source told Pakistan Today that the meeting was chaired by Prime Minis-

ter Nawaz Sharif. The meeting was also attended by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Interior Minister Nisar Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Adviser to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz. Interestingly, in a meeting that was focusing on national security agenda, there were no representatives of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two of Pakistan’s most restive provinces with several violent nationalist movements and home to

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made it clear that the government would not allow drone strikes at any cost,” the source said, and added that it was agreed in principle that the government would raise the issue of drone strikes at all forums which were in violation to the country’s sovereignty and international laws. Interior Minister Nisar Khan informed General Kayani on the conflicting reports of intelligence agencies regard-

ing the recent terrorist incidents in Quetta. “The participants were also taken on board about the lack of coordination and intelligence sharing between different agencies,” the source said. The source said that the meeting also agreed in principle to evolve a counter-terrorism strategy with consensus of all the stakeholders while it was also agreed that the concerns of the security agencies would be given a special importance in the strategy.


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Pm For sPeedIng uP worK at neelum-Jhelum ProJect MUZAFFARABAD OnLinE

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits the site of Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project on Wednesday. inP

sc orders amendment in declaration on Pol tax hike ISLAMABAD sTaFF REPORT

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered on Wednesday directed for amendments in the declaration made by the Finance Ministry for increase in sales tax on POL products. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing in a suo motu notice over the increase in POL prices following additional general sales tax levy on POL products. The Finance Ministry had issued a declaration notifying increasing in POL prices to curb “hoarding” of petroleum after an increase of one percent general sales tax was announced during the recently-held budget session. Giving his remarks, the chief justice said not even the president of Pakistan was authorised to impose any tax and the increase in GST was illegal. The Federal Bureau of revenue submitted during the hearing the list of items exempted from tax, according to which 70 items, including eatables and medicines, were exempt from imposition of tax. Counsel for Oil and Gas regulatory Authority (OGrA), Advocate Salman Akram raja, and Attorney General of Pakistan Munir A Malik submitted that the government could increase GST on any product in accordance with the “Provisional Collection of Taxes Act-1931”. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said no law could be adopted that was repugnant to fundamental human rights.

govt seeks $5b ImF bailout package IMF SATISFIED WITH BUDGETARY PROPOSALS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-14 ISLAMABAD

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eeKING a bailout package worth $5 billion to support the drowning economy of the country, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday opened a weeklong debate on the country’s latest fiscal and macroeconomic adjustments. The talks opened in Islamabad and will continue until July 3. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is heading the Pakistani side while the IMF delegation is led by Frank Jeffery. On the first day, the IMF delegation expressed its satisfaction over budgetary proposals adopted by the government for the fiscal year 2013-14, as both sides debated on the initial terms in connec-

tion with Islamabad’s request for the bailout package worth $5 billion for the repayment of the Fund’s outstanding loans. During the talks, Islamabad will try to convince the IMF delegates to reach a consensus on a new extended fund facility (eFF) of $5 billion repayable in 10 years (easy installments). For this purpose, the government thinks its recent moves of making the fiscal adjustment of 2.5 percent in the GDP to reduce fiscal deficit from 8.8 percent to 6.3 percent of the GDP in the next financial year will prove supportive. On the other hand, the IMF can stress the government to withdraw its subsidies in the energy sector that would raise the power and gas tariffs. This can put the Nawaz Sharif government in trouble as the move will not bode well with the masses. In this connection, the Dar-led Pakistani side will also take the IMF mission into confidence on its strategy to settle over rs 503 billion of the circular debt in the energy sector before the mid of August and a roadmap to restructure the power sector and further fiscal ad-

justment of 1.3 percent of the GDP in 2014-15 and 1 percent of the GDP in 2015-16 to bring down fiscal deficit to about 4 percent of the GDP. however, during the ongoing negotiations, Islamabad will seek a letter of comfort from the IMF to remove hurdles in resumption of programme loans by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. These loans had been held up since 2009, right after IMF suspended its programme on failed reforms. Islamabad’s public debt had already touched rs 13,626 billion by the end of March, an increase of rs 959 billion or 8 percent higher than the debt stock at the end of last fiscal year, according to the economic Survey of Pakistan 2012-13. Public debt as a percent of the GDP reached 59.5 percent of the GDP by endMarch compared to 59.8 percent during the same period last year. Things remained equally challenging on the external front where the foreign exchange outflows outstripped foreign inflows, putting immense pressure on the exchange rate and drawdown on official foreign currency reserves.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed authorities concerned to speed up the pace of work on Neelum-Jhelum hydro Power Project to save the people from load shedding. he said this while inspecting various parts of the Neelum-Jhelum hydel Power Project on Wednesday. Nawaz was apprised that the rs 274.882 billion Neelum-Jehlum power project would have the capacity of generating 969MW of power. The power house of the project is located in Chattar Kalass which is 22kms south of Muzaffarabad. Installed capacity of the project is 969MW comprising four units of 240MW each. The prime minister was given a briefing on the project during his visit to the site of the hydro power project. The original cost of the project was rs 130 billion but the revised PC-1 cost of the project was put at rs 274.882 billion as it has escalated due to change in design and machinery requirement owing to the earthquake of 2005. Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif‚ Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez rashid and Shaukat Tarin accompanied the prime minister on his first-ever visit to any ongoing development/infrastructure project in the country after assuming his office. Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan‚ Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed and former prime minister raja Farooq haider received the prime minister at the site of the project. Neelum-Jehlum hydro electric Project is a mega project of immense national importance. It is in the vicinity of Muzaffarabad (AJ&K) and envisages the diversion of Neelum river water through a tunnel and after producing power‚ outfalling into Jehlum river. It will also help reduce the gap between demand and supply of power in the country.

no tax on basic commodities to facilitate masses: Pervez rashid ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez rashid on Wednesday said the government did not impose taxes on basic commodities of life to facilitate the common man. Basic necessities including pulses, meat, spices, milk, medicines etc were exempted from General Sales Tax (GST), he added. Talking to a private television channel, he said the government had formed a mechanism to stop leakages of agriculture tax in the country, adding that provinces were responsible to collect agriculture tax. he said previously only Sindh and Punjab paid agriculture tax. One percent GST was increased to steer the country out from the economic crisis and to overcome electricity load shedding in the country, he said. he said the government was committed to get rid of IMF loans. aPP

senators condemn terrorist acts in KP DISCUSS OPENING OF TALIBAN OFFICE IN DOHA AND SEEK EXPLANATION ON WHETHER PAKISTAN WAS CONSULTED ON THE MATTER OR NOT ISLAMABAD aPP

In a unanimous resolution on Wednesday, senators condemned incidents of terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and urged the provincial government to take steps to improve law and order in the province. The senators expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and offered fateha for the departed souls. During the Senate proceedings, the senators also raised the issue of the reported opening of an office by the Taliban in Doha

and sought the government’s point of view on the issue. PML-Q Senator Mushahid hussain, JUI-F Senator Abdul Ghafoor haideri and PPP Senator Kazim Khan quoted media reports about the opening of the Doha office by the Taliban. They sought explanation on whether Pakistan had been consulted on the matter and how the peace process in Afghanistan would move forward now. Leader of the house raja Zafarul haq assured the house that the adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs would soon

brief the house on the matter. haq said there was a time when nobody wanted to initiate dialogue with the Taliban but now the atmosphere had changed and opening of the Qatar office by the Taliban was an important development. On a point of order, haideri urged the government to take steps to end terrorism in the country. he said Pakistan’s problems of law and order were linked to the situation in Afghanistan. Senator Kazim Khan said Pakistan should formally be included in the peace process in Afghanistan. On a point of order, PPP Senator Sardar Ali drew the attention of the house towards non-payment of salaries of employees of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) for the past 16 months. The leader of the house said he met a

delegation of PTDC employees and had conveyed their complaints about the PTDC chairman to the relevant minister. On a point of order, ANP Senator haji Adeel objected to the unnecessary security at the entrance of parliament and said he was stopped from meeting reporters when he had come for the Senate session. On another point of order, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar said a summary had been moved for appointment of a serving army general on the post of military lands and cantonments director general whereas legally this post should be held by a civilian. he said the post of a land regulator should not be held by an army officer who was a landowner and user. The Senate chairman asked the senator to move a motion so that the house could

discuss the issue in detail. Discussing the budget proposals, PPP Senator Ahmed hassan said bad economic conditions were the cause of the worsening law and order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. he said mega projects in the province including Lowari Tunnel and water schemes should be completed. he suggested that the good projects of the past governments should be continued and incentives given for the promotion of the industry should be increased. MQM Senator Mustafa Kamal stressed on the need to formulate a policy to tackle the issue of rapid urbanisation. he said unplanned settlements in big cities were creating social and economic ills. he also demanded the local government system be put in place to give people ownership of development projects at the local level.


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Karzai backtracks from peace talks as us meets taliban KABUL aGEnciEs

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FGhAN President hamid Karzai said on Wednesday his government would not join US peace talks with the Taliban until they were led by Afghans and would suspend negotiations with the United States on a troop pact. The United States and the Taliban have said officials from both sides will meet in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Thursday, raising hopes for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan after 12 years of bloody and costly war between American-led forces and the insurgents. Fighting, however, continues in the war-ravaged nation. Four US soldiers were killed in a rocket attack on the heavily for-

tified Bagram base near Kabul late on Tuesday, international military officials said. “As long as the peace process is not Afghan-led, the high Peace Council will not participate in the talks in Qatar,” Karzai said in a statement, referring to a body he set up in 2010 to seek a negotiated peace with the Taliban. A senior Afghan official told reuters the government was unhappy over the official status being given to the Taliban, who opened an office in Doha on Tuesday. The Taliban’s spokesman in Qatar on Wednesday confirmed the insurgency movement would attend Thursday’s meeting with U.S. officials, but gave no time for the talks. The spokesman, Mohammed Naeem, told reuters by telephone that no Afghan government officials would be at that meeting. A US delegation had arrived in Qatar

scotland Yard conducts more raids in Imran Farooq murder investigation LONDON: Continuing their search to find the murderer of former Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) parliamentarian Dr Imran Farooq, the Scotland Yard anti-terrorism officers raided houses in London on Wednesday, Express News reported. The police had raided two houses in the same area on June 18. A British-Pakistani was also interrogated in relation to this case. The latest search operations represent the first public sign of progress in the case after a hiatus of more than a year, although London’s Metropolitan Police Service insisted the investigation remained “active”.” The searches are continuing. Detectives had previously said that while they were openminded about the motive, the attack would have required careful planning and Farooq’s killers may have had help. inP

woman killed as Indian troops open unprovoked firing at loc LAHORE: A Pakistani woman was killed and four people were injured when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked small arms and artillery firing at the Line of Control in Battal and Neza Pir sectors on Wednesday. Earlier, a Pakistani woman was injured when Indian troops fired across the disputed border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. The incident took place in the Karela area, near Kotli town, along the LoC. This is second time in the last 24 hours that India violated ceasefire at the LoC. OnLinE

Pakistan to honour gas pipeline project: abbasi ISLAMABAD: Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said the government would respect the agreement of gas pipeline with Iran that was signed by the former government. He assured to work with Iran on the project of gas pipeline according to the agreement. Media reports said that the country which would delay the project would have to pay fine according to the agreement whether it would be Iran or Pakistan, Abbasi cleared. “The fine mentioned in agreement is not only for Pakistan but also applies on Iran,” he added. The minister said that if Iran would delay the project it would have to pay $35 million daily, if Pakistan delayed the project it would also have to pay $30 million daily. Abbasi said that the date of fine against any delay is December 31, 2014 mentioned in the agreement. OnLinE

Kerry skipping pakistan from asia trip absolutely not a snub, says Us WASHINGTON sPEciaL cORREsPOndEnT

The United States on Wednesday said Secretary of State John Kerry was keen to visit Pakistan soon and his skipping Pakistan during the Asia trip starting this week was “absolutely not” a snub to the key South Asian country. The State Department said Kerry wanted to spend sufficient time to discuss the wide-ranging cooperation between the two countries. “Secretary Kerry plans to visit Pakistan as soon as his schedule permits. he will meet the new civilian government, which just took office there,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said. The spokesperson said Kerry’s not going to Pakistan on the trip to Asia, which included a stop in New Delhi, was “absolutely not” a snub to the country. “The secretary is ready to go, he wants to go. We are working on scheduling the time to go.” “Given the range of issues of mutual importance to both us and Pakistan including, of course, counterterrorism and coordination

moved to Afghanistan. Karzai’s office said it was suspending talks on a security pact with the United States that will stipulate how many US soldiers will stay in Afghanistan after most are pulled out by the end of next year. “In view of the contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the peace process, the Afghan government suspended the negotiations,” Karzai’s office said in a statement. Negotiations on the Bilateral Security Agreement began this year and, if completed, will set out how many US bases and soldiers will remain in Afghanistan once NATO ends combat operations by December 2014. “The suspension of the talks will continue until there is clarity from the United States,” the Afghan official said. The

earlier for the talks, a diplomatic source said. Karzai said the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar showed the United States had failed to honour promises made to the Afghan state about the role of that office. The Afghan official said the office gave the Taliban “an official identity”, which the Kabul government objected to. “The US officials told us the office will be used to move peace talks forward, but not to give them an identity,” the official said. “The Taliban’s flag and the banner of the Islamic emirate was something we did not expect,” the official said, referring to the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan, the name the Taliban used during their rule. On Tuesday, Karzai had said his government would also send a team to Qatar but added the talks should quickly be

on that, it is very important for Secretary Kerry that he gets sufficient time in Pakistan, when he travels there,” she explained. “We wanted to make some decisions that enabled him at his request to be able to spend good amount of time on the ground,” she said. On the controversial US drone strikes, the spokesperson said Washington had an ongoing dialogue with the Pakistan on it. During his trip to India, Kerry was likely to address regional issues. “As always we encourage cooperation, consultation, discussion between the government of India and the government of Pakistan. Our position has not changed on Kashmir, as you know. And those discussions are up to the governments of India and Pakistan,” Psaki said. She was responding to a question in the backdrop of the killing of a 10-year-old girl in Indian firing across the Line of Control in Azad Kashmir, the Indian fighter jets’ violation of Pakistani airspace and the US stance on encouraging dialogue between the two South Asian nuclear powers.

dispute between PIa, labour union delays flight at Karachi airport KARACHI sTaFF REPORT

hundreds of passengers were stranded for at least four hours as a dispute between the labour union of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and senior management saw some operations halted on Wednesday. The union stopped operations on at least four flights on Wednesday evening to protest against their management’s decision to remove Lahore’s ticket office manager rauf Ahmed. A PIA spokesperson said that the fourhour-long negotiations had concluded successfully, but did not provide any details. “It was departmental matter and I can’t tell you more right now.” The information secretary of collective bargaining agent (CBA), the labour union, Faisal Kayani had previously vowed that they will not relent. ”Government can use all its political influence but we won’t back off.” “We told the management that it cannot let the politicians interfere in PIA affairs. The manager was suspended without any worthy reason.”

Taliban have until now refused talks with Kabul, calling Karzai and his government puppets of the West. But a senior Afghan official said earlier the Taliban were now willing to consider talks with the government. SIGN OF OPTIMISM: Despite the Afghan government’s anger, the commitments by the United States and the Taliban to meet this week have raised hopes for a negotiated peace. The Taliban have said they want a political solution that would bring about a just government and end foreign occupation of Afghanistan. The first signs of optimism in peace efforts for many months come as the US-led war effort reaches a critical juncture. The NATO command in Kabul on Tuesday completed handing over lead security responsibility to Afghan government forces across the country.

electricity distribution should be provincial subject: CJp ISLAMABAD OnLinE

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said if power distribution system was handed over to provinces, the problem of electricity load shedding might be resolved. he said this in his remarks during a hearing on load shedding. The CJP said the decision on shifting the matter to provinces should be taken in a meeting of the economic Coordination Council (eCC). he questioned why provinces were not producing electricity after passage of the 18th amendment. NTDC should sell electricity to the provinces while it is the duty of the provinces to take decisions impacting industrial and domestic consumers. he questioned why some companies were not generating electricity despite having licenses, and in why their permits were not cancelled. Without elimination of “kunda system” load shedding cannot

be resolved, he added. Attorney General Munir A Malik told the court that a meeting of all stakeholders was convened on June 12on orders of the court in this regard, which had positive consequences in minimising load shedding. he said that the government is making efforts to distribute the electricity on equality basis to all areas of the country. The PePCO managing director said there was lack of coordination in distribution companies, due to which the condition had worsened. he said if 80 percent of consumers paid their bills regularly, there would be no problem. The CJP said those who paid bills and those who did not, could not be treated alike. There should be some difference between violators of law and those abiding by it, he said. he said NTDC could provide electricity to provinces according to their requirements and it return provinces would pay it according to NFC award.

Us to seek ceasefire with taliban in Doha talks ISLAMABAD sHaiQ Hussain

The Obama administration will seek Taliban’s agreement on the ceasefire between Mullah Omar-led insurgents, NATO forces and Afghan National Army (ANA) in the war-torn Afghanistan during the forthcoming US-Taliban talks to be held soon in Doha, Qatar. For the ceasefire in Afghanistan, the United States (US) is most likely to seek help of Pakistan to persuade the Taliban leadership for the purpose, diplomatic circles said on Wednesday. Pakistan, they said, had also played an important role in facilitating the upcoming peace talks between Washington and Taliban in Qatar and the formal opening of a Taliban office there. “The US authorities, as they declared, would discuss the exchange of prisoners and breaking of ties with al Qaeda on part of Afghan insurgents, with the Taliban negotiators but there foremost objective would be on seeking Taliban agreement on ceasefire in Afghanistan,” a source told Pakistan Today. he said US authorities felt the ceasefire with Taliban would help a withdrawal of American troops and

other foreign forces from Afghanistan and once that objective was achieved, it would also facilitate talks on other contentious issues. he said Pakistan in the past released over two dozen Taliban detainees to facilitate the Afghanistan reconciliation process and in future too, it could set free more such prisoners as a part of its plan to support efforts for peace and stability in the war-torn neighbouring state. The formal announcement by US on entering into direct peace talks with the Taliban came from the White house on Tuesday soon after the formal opening of a Taliban office in Qatar’s capital. It was also made public by US officials that the first meeting between American representatives and Taliban negotiators was likely to take place during the next week. however, some media reports on Wednesday suggested that these talks would commence on Thursday (today). The Taliban had set up their diplomatic presence in Doha back in January 2012 and there had been informal discussions between their representatives and US officials on important issues like exchange of prisoners etc. It is expected that the talks happening

now would be more formal in nature, focusing on key issues like the future government of Afghanistan and the Taliban share in it, and presence of American-led foreign troops in the country. however, the sudden announcement by Karzai administration in Kabul that it was suspending security talks with Washington in protest over the title “Islamic emirate of Afghanistan” being used by the Taliban for their office in Doha is likely to cast a negative impact on proposed US-Taliban talks. earlier, President Karzai, himself had announced to send his delegates for negotiations with Taliban representatives in Qatar but only a day later his administration said they would suspend key security talks with US, which were meant to determine the presence of US troops in Afghanistan in future. Another diplomatic source said the Afghan president was actually angry over the direct peace negotiations between the US and Taliban and his reported annoyance over the title that the Taliban had chosen for their office in Doha was not the real cause. Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Office welcomed the announcement of the opening of a Taliban office in Doha for the

purpose of bringing peace to Afghanistan and the region. “Pakistan also welcomes the start of direct peace talks between the US and the Taliban,” said a FO statement. “Pakistan has long called for a peaceful and negotiated solution to the Afghan conflict. It has repeatedly urged an early end to the war in order to re-establish peace and security in the region,” it further said. The Foreign Office said Pakistan had played a constructive and positive role in helping accomplish the important milestone in support of a peace process for Afghanistan. “It is ready to continue to facilitate the process to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan in accordance with the wishes of the Afghan people,” it said. A Pakistani official, when contacted, said Pakistan was fully willing to do whatever it could to facilitate the peace dialogue in Afghanistan. however, he also said any peace talks between Washington and the Taliban would be a long drawn process involving difficult and complicated negotiations. “It would be naïve to expect early results from negotiations being held for peace in Afghanistan and all sides would be required to show patience and a high level of maturity,” he said.


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India should walk on her own shadow - we must have our own development model. –Abdul Kalam ISLAMABAD: Young citizens enjoy bathing at Shahdara Picnic Point as temperatures start rising after a brief rain spell accompanied by pleasant weather. inP

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APITAL Development Authority (CDA) Traffic engineering Director announced on Wednesday that the much awaited rawalpindiIslamabad Metro Bus project would be launched in November. The federal government has allocated rs 30 billion for the project, he added. The official said that the Asian Development Bank’s Cities Development Initiative Asia (CDIA) Department has already completed the project’s pre-

feasibility study. he informed that the final feasibility report would be completed by next month and tenders would soon be floated in the international media to invite bidding for establishing the transport system. A senior CDA official choosing to remain anonymous said that the mass transit system issue was taken up by the CDA board in a meeting on Monday. he said that the CDA through its own resources could not manage a practical transport service, so it decided to link the project with rawalpindi to avail the Punjab government’s assistance. he added that the CDA was encouraged to reach this decision due to the success of Lahore’s bus service. The CDA would also engage the Punjab government for a fleet of 50 buses. The official also said that a recommendations report on the transport project’s finances and administration has been submitted for approval before the CDA board. Meanwhile, he said, the CDA’s Planning Wing has marked out bus stop locations in the capital city for the project. Further, the source maintained that the CDA had repeatedly announced a mass transit solution, but had not been able to launch a project duet o paucity of funds. however, it is not clear yet whether the federal or Punjab government would bear the cost of the rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project.

clerk by day, cabbie by night FAKE TAXIS ARE ON THE RISE IN ISLAMABAD, LEADING TO LOOTING INCIDENTS AND RESENTMENT FROM REGISTERED TAXI DRIVERS ISLAMABAD aPP

A large number of fake taxis have begun plying the city’s streets, leading to looting incidents by fake cabbies and complaints from licensed taxi drivers. According to reports, passengers who use these unregistered vehicles often get looted. These fake taxis are largely the result of the financial crunch being experienced by the population: more and more people are placing private vehicles on the roads for taxi services to supplement their incomes. Most of these vehicles belong to government servants who had purchased cars on lease from commercial banks, and are now compelled to run them as taxis to raise funds for paying the month premium. One particular fake taxi driver presented an interesting case; he informed that the fake taxi he drove was his own vehicle, and he had avoided painting it yellow so as not to incur his relatives and neighbours’ disapproval. “Taxi driving is not considered a prestigious

profession, so I have concealed my second job from my family and friends. I am an educated man, and a clerk by day, but financial hardship has forced me to take up taxi driving after office hours,” he explained. he added that he had successfully evaded violation tickets from the traffic police by driver his taxi watchfully. however, registered taxi drivers voiced strong opposition to the fake taxi cabs in the city. A registered taxi driver Asif Ali said that fake taxi drivers were earning on the roads without paying anything to the authorities. he maintained that this discriminated against registered cab drivers. Further, it was learnt that people, particularly women avoid private taxi cabs for safety reasons. Bushra Irum at Abpara Market said that people usually took the fake taxi cars only when registered taxis were unavailable or if they were offering a discounted fare. “People use these taxis in the day freely, but avoid them at night given the unstable law and order situation,” she informed. A Traffic Police official said that unregistered taxi drivers were liable to fines ranging from rs 500 to rs 1,000. Further, their vehicles could also be impounded. he added that the traffic personnel had acted against many unlicensed taxis drivers and seized their vehicles. he warned the public against using fake cabs to protect their property and personal safety.

ForeIgner busted In $ 50,000 Fraud Sector G-7 deprived ISLAMABAD aPP

The Kohsar Police on Wednesday arrested a Nigerian involved in fraudulent activities and recovered $ 50,000 from him, a police spokesman said. According to details, Christopher Offera offered his services to Qiasar to clean his dollars through a photosynthesis technique and on this pretext, stole the money, cutting off all contact with Qaisar. Qaisar consequently lodged a complaint with the Kohsar Police Station. SP (City), who constituted a special team headed by Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Siddique and others to trace the criminal.

They managed to trace the accused to Lahore, where he was residing, visiting Islamabad for crimes of fraud. The police have recovered the stolen money, and further investigations are underway. Islamabad Superintendent of Police praised the officers for their performance, announcing cash prizes and commendation certificates for the team. Further, the Islamabad police arrested 12 other outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered a stolen car, snatched motorcycle, fake currency, 27 wine bottles, three pistols and two daggers from their possession. Bhara Kau Station house Officer (ShO)

Inspector Mehboob Ahmed, ASIs rafi-Ullah and Ameer Sajjad along with the police team arrested four dacoits namely Dil Daraz, Noor Daraz, Usman Munir, Kamran and recovered a snatched motorcycle, 30bore pistol and two daggers from their possession. ASI Javed Iqbal from the Anti Car Lifting Cell recovered a stolen car (Le1387) from accused Mushtaq Ahmed while ASIs Muhammad Ishaq and Muhammad Tariq from Sabzi Mandi Police Station arrested Walayat Khan and Dawood, recovering fake currency worth rs. 30,000 and one 30-bore pistol from them. Further, Abid hussain was also arrested for decanting gas in cylinders illegally.

of drinking water ISLAMABAD: Sector G-7 residents on Wednesday demanded the concerned authorities to immediately repair the area’s water filtration plant so they can get a clean drinking water supply. Many residents said that the water filtration plants in their area were not sterile and people faced a shortage of potable water because most plants have been shut down due to non-payment to contractors by the authorities. The residents claimed that the issue had been reported repeatedly to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) but to no avail. The situation is worst in the filtration plants of Sector G-7/1, G-7/3 and G-7/4 as Sector G-10 residents also use the same plant, which is not enough for all these sectors. Sector G-7/1 resident Zahid Khan said that residents often returned empty handed from the filtration plants as clean drinking water was not available. The residents demanded that the CDA renovate the plants as soon as possible. Sector G-7/1 residents complained that their fundamental rightto clean drinking water was being violated as the CDA seemed in no hurry to install a new filtration plant. A CDA official told that that the authority would replace the faulty filtration plants soon. He advised the residents to avoid misusing and wasting clean drinking water. aPP


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Pnca cultural show enthralls saarc delegates ISLAMABAD: A cultural show titled “Rhythms of Indus” was arranged on Tuesday night at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) delegates. The audience were mesmerised with a colourful display of the rich Indus civilization through instrumental music and cultural dances. Performances included a Moenjodaro dance, Kalash dance, Khattak dance, Sindhi Jhoomer, Basant Bhangra, Cholistani dance and instrumental performances on the violin, flute, alghoza, dhol and rubab. The show was arranged by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and PNCA in the follow-up to the 26th SAARC finance group meeting, 9th SAARC finance governors’ symposium and 42nd Asian Clearing Union (ACU) Board of Directors meeting. Prominent flute player Salman Adil performed a popular Punjabi folk tune. He handled the instrument with consummate skill and enthralled the audience with his performance. Young rubab maestro Gulab Khel performed a popular melody of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He was accompanied by the tabla. aPP

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he Punjab government on Wednesday decided to establish district education authorities for regulating schools and resolving education related problems

in the province. The authorities would comprise 9 to 15 members including MNAs and MPAs, local government members, retired bureaucrats and other officers. They would be authorized to approve or reject school renovations, teacher recruitments and transfers, laboratories, halls and rooms’ construction and the

purchase of furniture. According to sources, the paper work for the authorities’ formation is in its final stages and they would be established in the fiscal year 2013-14. Meanwhile, teachers unions have decided to reject the formation of the authorities and start a protest movement throughout the province.

They believe that the authorities aim at a gradual privatization of government schools. They expressed fears that the authorities would merge schools in the first phase, and close schools or privatise them in the second. They also feared that teachers would be hired contractually.

FgehF to launch new housing scheme ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) on Wednesday decided to launch a new housing scheme for government employees in Bahara Kahu. The scheme would be announced by the last week of June. As many as 21,000 government employees with an FGEHF membership would be allotted plots in this scheme. The housing foundation had purchased 3,000 kanals of land during the previous government’s tenure for providing residential facilities to low-paid government employees. Sources said that the foundation has now acquired a No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) after the Supreme Court’s permission. OnLinE

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ISLAMABAD: The Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) on Wednesday seized 2,799 cans of chemicals used in heroin manufacturing from Peshawar and arrested three smugglers including two foreigners of Tajik origin. The ANF foiled a bid to smuggle a huge amount of precursor chemicals to Tajikistan via Afghanistan in a record seizure of its kind, said a press release. The company’s owners and the two Tajiks were arrested for trying to smuggle controlled substances. Following a tip off, Peshawar ANF conducted a raid at Al-Khyber Itihad Goods on Peshawar Ring Road and recovered the banned materials. A case under the Control of Narcotics Substances Act-1997 has been registered against the arrested and further investigations are underway. aPP

All Pakistan Secretariat Union’s employees on Wednesday announced to call off a strike after a meeting with Planning and Development Federal Minister Ahsen Iqbal. Union President Chaudhry Muhammad hussain thanked the government over a 10 percent salary increase and demanded that all legitimate demands of the employees be fulfilled. he presented a demands list which included uniform salaries for all employees in similar pay scales, pension increases, allowance mergers in basic pay, financial benefits on the basis of higher education, computer allowance for stenographers and private secretaries, restoration of move over and selection grades and promotional opportunities for class-4 employees especially drivers.

The minister appreciated the union’s decision of the union to call off the strike. he explained that the nation’s exchequer was in dire straits, while they could give a 50 percent increase in salaries by printing money to gain political mileage but it would devalue the rupee, making salary raises futile. he explained that the last government committed this blunder, which led to the masses voting them out in these elections. Moreover, he pointed to Pakistan’s dismal fiscal deficit which has crosses the 8.8 percent mark, thus making it harder for the government to comply with all of the union’s demands. Iqbal added that giving back to the country was as important as asking for one’s rights. he maintained that secretariat employees should work with more dedication for their capacity building through workshops and training courses.

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The Islamabad electric Supply Company (IeSCO)’s National Conference on Power Sector reforms starts today. Delegates including national and international professionals from the power sector, policy makers and senior government officials, corporate governance experts, regulators, donor and multi-lateral stake holders, financial

intermediaries and consumer rights advocates would attend the day-long moot to identify areas where specific actions and interventions could be made to improve governance in the power sector. The Water and Power Federal Minister Khwaja Mohammad Asif would address the inaugural session and would talk about the critical issues facing the water and power sector. IeSCO Chairman Mohsin Khalid and Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and

Industry President Zafar Bakhtawri would also present on the occasion. The high level conference would seek to provide constructive engagement and try to involve the government in policy dialogue and charting a course for future reforms through the collective intellect of power experts, regulators and professionals. The morning session on “Governance and Institutional reform” would be cochaired by former Planning Commission

Deputy Chairman Nadeem-ul-haque and Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Zubair Malik. Planning and Development Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal would be the guest of honour and would also co-chair the afternoon session on “Technology, Innovation and Policy reform” with the US embassy economic and Development Assistance Coordinator richard Albright. Closing remarks would be delivered by Ahsan Iqbal.

hec ‘Fee waiver scheme’ to benefit south Punjab, interior sindh ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday decided to expand its Fee Waiver Scheme for the lesser developed areas of Southern Punjab and interior Sindh. HEC Chairman Javaid R. Laghari said that the scheme had been benefitting Balochistan, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan’sstudents, and now its advantages would be extended to universities in Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. He said that the present government’s support was like a breath of fresh air after the turmoil the higher education sector and the HEC underwent in the past few years. Under this scheme, outstanding students from these areas would be provided tuition fee support while pursuing higher education at the Masters and Doctorate level. The cabinet in its meeting in June 2012 approved the Tuition Fee Payment Scheme for Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA for the financial year 201213. According to the scheme, the federal government pays the tuition fee and other academic, incidental or mandatory fees charged by educational institutions for Masters and Doctorates tudents. aPP


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T least 130 people have been killed and 70,000 others left stranded in devastating flash floods to hit northern India, private television channel NDTV has reported. The channel said on Wednesday that thousands of houses in the states of Uttarakhand and himachal Pradesh had been swept away in the floods and authorities were using helicopters to evacuate people and drop essential food supplies. Northern India has witnessed torrential rains at least three times more than usual over the past week ever since the annual monsoon broke a fortnight ahead of sched-

ule, leaving thousands of pilgrims and tourists stranded, officials said. “The state government and the army are trying to rescue thousands of tourists who are stranded near the submerged valleys and hindu shrines,” said Jaspal Arya, the disaster relief minister of Uttarakhand. Arya said portions of the famous hindu temple, Kedarnath, were washed away on Tuesday and about 10,000 pilgrims were in need of rescuing. “The Kedarnath temple is submerged in mud and slush. We just hope that it does not collapse,” Arya told the AFP news agency. Authorities have cancelled pilgrimage trips, fearing further rains and landslides in the state, often referred to as the “Land of the Gods” because of its many hindu temples and hindu religious sites. Officials in Uttarakhand, the worst-hit

state, said about 200 cars, two earthmoving equipment and even a parked helicopter had been swept away by floods. The torrential rains began lashing the region on Saturday and local officials said 40 relief camps had been set up to provide food and water to locals and tourists. On Tuesday, 250 people were rescued by air force helicopters from different parts of the state and many were moved to the relief camps. “But many are still stuck and it could take us three more days to rescue all of them,” Arya added. The monsoon, which India’s farming sector depends on, covers the subcontinent from June to September, usually bringing some flooding. But the heavy rains arrived early this year, catching many by surprise and exposing the country’s lack of preparedness.

blast hIts mIlItarY sIte In sYrIan Port cItY LATAKIA: A loud explosion has hit a military site in the Syrian port city of Latakia, both state media and opposition sources said. Syrian TV said a “technical error” caused the explosion on Wednesday at a military corps of engineers unit. It reported the injury of six people. Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 soldiers were injured. Opposition activists posted a video showing smoke rising, reportedly from the site of the blast. Explosions in Latakia, part of President Bashar al-Assad’s stronghold on the Mediterranean coast, have been extremely rare during Syria’s two-year-old conflict. aGEnciEs

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gun battle at un comPound In mogadIshu ends MOGADISHU aGEnciEs

At least eight people have been killed as Somali and African Union forces have regained control of a United Nations compound in the Somali capital Mogadishu, after an hour-and-a-half long gunbattle that followed an explosion at the site, officials say. “The situation is under control now... Somali soldiers along with African Union forces stormed the compound and killed the attackers,” said Somali police official Abdulahi Osman. A presidential spokesperson said that at least eight people, including four foreigners, had been killed in the attack, reported Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste from Dadaab, in neighbouring Kenya. The UN could not confirm those figures, however. The alShabab armed group claimed responsibility for the attack. A plume of thick black smoke was seen billowing into the sky after the initial explosion was heard at approximately 11:30am local time (08:30 GMT) on Wednesday. A UN official, who cannot be named because she is not authorised to speak to the media, said the attack was against a building just outside the secure airport compound where all the UN agencies are based. The compound includes both residential and office areas. UN staff took shelter in a bunker at the compound, UN staff said. Nicholas Kay, the UN secretary-general’s special representative to Somalia, confirmed to Al Jazeera that “a complex attack” had taken place at the compound, but that “the vast majority of UN staff” were safe.

obama to renew call For nuclear reductIons WAShINGTON: US President Barack Obama will renew his call to reduce the world’s nuclear stockpiles, including a proposed one-third reduction in US and russian arsenals, the White house said. Obama will make his case during a speech on Wednesday at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate. his address comes nearly 50 years after John F. Kennedy’s famous Cold War speech in this once-divided city. The president has previously called for reductions to the stockpiles and is not expected to outline a timeline for this renewed push. But by addressing the issue in a major foreign policy speech, Obama is signalling a desire to rekindle an issue that was a centerpiece of his early first-term national security agenda. The president discussed nonproliferation with russian President Vladimir Putin when they met Monday on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. During Obama’s first term, the US and russia agreed to limit their stockpiles to 1,550 as part of the New STArT Treaty. aGEnciEs

global refugee numbers at 19-year high UNITED NATIONS aGEnciEs

The number of people who have been forcibly displaced by war and other crises worldwide has risen to its highest level for almost two decades, hitting 45.2 million, according to the UN’s refugee agency. Annual figures released by the United Nations high Commission for refugees (UNhCr) on Wednesday showed that 1.1 million fled across international borders in 2012, while a further 6.5 million were displaced within their own homelands. “This means one in each 4.1 seconds. So each time you blink, another person is forced to flee,” Antonio Guterres, the UN high commissioner for refugees, told reporters. The total figure of 45.2 million included 28.8 million internally displaced people, 15.4 million border-crossing refugees, and 937,000 asylum seekers. “War is the main reason for this very high number of refugees and people internally displaced. Fifty-five percent of them correspond to the well-known situations of Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria,” Guterres said. Overall, the Afghan conflict continued to produce the most refugees, a position that it has held for 32 years. Worldwide, one refugee in four is Afghan. Guterres also cited conflicts in Mali, the Democratic republic of Congo and Central African republic as producing large numbers of displaced people and refugees. Due to the raft of crises, he said, the total number of refugees and internally displaced had risen to a level unseen since 1994, a year marked by the rwandan genocide and bloodshed in former Yugoslavia. ‘MULTIPLICATION OF CONFLICTS’: While last year saw 2.1 million internally-displaced people and 526,000 refugees return home, as well as the resettlement of 88,6000 in rich nations, fresh crises drove the global total higher. “New refugees, new internally displaced, unfortunately represent much more

than those able to find an answer to their plight,” said Guterres, lamenting the international community’s limited capacity to prevent conflicts and to find timely solutions to existing ones. “We witness a multiplication of new conflicts, and it seems that old conflicts never die,” he said. Guterres pointed out that the number of people who had fled the spiralling violence in Syria had soared from 650,000 at the end of 2012 to around 1.6 million now, surpassing last year’s total from all conflicts. The UNhCr has warned that Syrian refugee numbers could hit 3.5 million by the end of this year, while there are also fears that the number currently displaced within the country, 4.25 million, will also climb. Syrian refugees have flooded into neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, stretching those nations’ ability to cope. Guterres urged the international community to help shoulder the load, although he said UNhCr-brokered resettlement programmes for Syrians in rich countries were not yet on the cards. PAKISTAN TOP hOST NATION: With the economic crisis having sharpened the asylum debate in developed nations, Guterres said it was important to keep some perspective. “Who is supporting refugees in the world? essentially, developing countries,” he said, stressing that 87 percent of the world’s refugees were protected by developing countries, up from 70 percent a decade ago. “So when we see discussion sometimes that exist about refugees in many developed countries, I think it’s good to remind public opinion in those countries that refugees are not people fleeing from poor countries into rich countries in search of a better life,” he added. Pakistan remained the world’s top host nation in 2012, with 1.6 million refugees mostly from Afghanistan, followed by Iran, with 868,200, and Germany, with 589,700.

HUge protests sweep BrazIl For seConD nIgHt BRASíLIA aGEnciEs

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of several Brazilian cities for a second night of largely peaceful protests over poor public services, high prices and corruption. In Sao Paulo, an estimated 50,000 people participated in Tuesday’s demonstration lasting hours and concentrated along Avenida Paulista in the centre of the city of 11 million, police said. A vehicle belonging to a television station was set on fire in front of the mayor’s office. Windows of the building had earlier been smashed by rioters, and police withdrew into the building. Thousands of people also demonstrated in Sao Goncalo near rio de Janeiro, as well as in Belo horizonte, amid a large police presence. Protests a day earlier saw an estimated 200,000 people in the streets across

the country, around half of them in its second-largest city of rio de Janeiro. The unrest first broke out in Sao Paolo last week against an increase in public-transport prices. The target of the protests quickly widened to include corruption and excessive government spending on hosting football tournaments instead of on health, education

and other public services. The protests have continued to escalate despite President Dilma rousseff acknowledging the need for better public services and more responsive governance. “The massive size of yesterday’s protests prove the energy of our democracy, the force of the voice of the street and the civility of our population,’’ she said.

KEY DEMANDS: The demonstrators are demanding more from their government and are angry that billions of dollars in public funds are being spent to host the World Cup and Olympics while few improvements are made on infrastructure elsewhere. The office of the United Nations’ high Commissioner for human rights urged the Brazilian authorities on Tuesday to exercise restraint in dealing with the protests and called on demonstrators not to resort to violence in pursuit of their demands. The UN body said it welcomed the statement by rousseff that peaceful demonstrations were legitimate. A survey by the Datafolha polling agency suggested a large majority of participants at the Sao Paulo protest on Monday night had no affiliation with any political party and nearly three-quarters were taking part in the protests for the first time.


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Civil rights lawyers urged a US judge to declare the New York Police Department's widespread spying programmes directed at Muslims to be unconstitutional, order police to stop their surveillance and destroy any records in police files. In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, the lawyers said the spying has hindered the ability of residents to freely practise their religion. It is the third significant legal action filed against the department's Muslim surveillance programme since details of the spy programme were revealed in a series of news reports in 2011 and 2012. The lawsuit said that Muslim religious leaders in New York have modified their sermons and other behaviour so as not to draw additional police attention. The suit was filed against Mayor Michael Bloomberg, police commissioner raymond Kelly and the deputy commissioner of intelligence, David Cohen. The lawsuit, which accuses the city of violating the First and Fourteenth amendments of the US Constitution, is the latest legal challenge to the activities of the police department's Intelligence Division. A year ago, the California-based civil rights organisation Muslim Advocates sued the department over its counterterrorism programmes. earlier this year, civil rights lawyers urged a judge to stop the department from routinely observing Muslims in restaurants, bookstores and mosques, saying the practice violates a landmark 1985 court settlement that restricted the kind of surveillance used against war protesters in the 1960s and '70s. “Through the Muslim Surveillance Programme, the NYPD has imposed an unwarranted badge of suspicion and stigma on law-abiding Muslim New Yorkers, including plaintiffs in this action,” according to the complaint, which is being filed in federal court in Brooklyn on behalf of religious and community leaders, mosques, and a charitable organisation.

talKs onlY waY to resolve terrorIsm Issue: YousuFzaI KP INFO MINISTER SAYS PTI GOVT WILL CONSULT POLITICIANS, RETIRED TECHNOCRATS AND PUBLIC OPINION MAKERS TO TACKLE TERRORISM PESHAWAR sHamim sHaHid

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hYBer Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousufzai on Wednesday reaffirmed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s stance to resolve terrorism issue by negotiating with the Taliban. Yousufzai said, “Why we escape from talking to the Taliban when the Americans are engaged in dialogues with Afghan Taliban in Doha, Qatar.” “Military actions and operations are no more solution. Solution to issue of terrorism rests in dialogue, therefore all of us need to adopt this option with open heart,” the info minister said this in an interview with Pakistan Today at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Peshawar. Yousufzai said, “The PTI government is going to consult leaders of all political forces, representatives of various other professional groups, retired technocrats and public opinion makers on a strategy for tackling the issue of terrorism.” he said, “Once consultation process is completed they would approach the federal government through a jirga for reconsidering its internal and external policies.” The journalist-turned-politician was elected to the KP Assembly from Peshawar. he belongs to Shangla District and has defeated former health minister and former provincial president of PPP Zahir Ali Shah from KP-2 Peshawar-2. Besides serving the PTI as provincial general secretary, the information minister remained adviser to Imran Khan. he was also the Khyber Union of Journalists presi-

dent for three terms and had also served the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists as vice president and assistant secretary general. Yousufzai was also the office-bearer of the All Pakistan Newspaper employees Confederation. referring to suicide attack on funeral participants in Mardan, Yousufzai termed it a tragic terror act in which dozens of innocent people, including a PTI lawmaker, lost their lives. he said that investigations were in progress whereas the government had announced rs 300,000 in compensation for heirs of each victim and rs 100,000 for each injured person. The health Department has also been directed to provide free health facilities to all injured persons. To a question about terrorism, the minister said that in fact it was reaction of what he called presence of the US troops in Afghanistan and drone attacks in tribal areas. he said that the most suitable way to resolve this issue was dialogue with the stakeholders. In this respect, the PTI is considering to convene All Parties Conference (APC). To another question, the minister expressed disappointment over coordination among law enforcement agencies. “In couple of days, I observed lack of coordination among law enforcement agencies and this issue could be settled with exchanging of intelligence information’s and framing joint strategies in according to such information,” he remarked, adding, “There is no further recruitment in police force but the already force requires equipping and strengthening of capabilities.” Stressing on participation of people in the government policies for tackling terrorism, Yousufzai said, “Without support and participation of masses no one could run the government or resolve the issues and challenges. On such grounds, the PTI leaders are determined to take common men in confidence regarding its political, administrative and economic policies.” he said that the PTI leaders would go for consultation with the people on each and every issue, which was essential for implementation of its agenda regarding change.

list of federal ministers to increase MONITORING DESK Former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Akram Khan Durrani will become part of the federal cabinet representing the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) next week after the first expansion in the cabinet. It is likely that seven ministers or ministers of state, and an adviser to the Prime Minister would be included in the federal cabinet. Mian riaz hussain Pirzada member of the National Assembly of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from Bahawalpur, who couldn’t turn up at the oath taking ceremony of the first batch of the federal ministers last week, will also take the oath. Former federal minister for commerce Senator Abbas Khan Afridi who leads the group of federally administered tribal areas (FATA) senators will be given a slot in the federal cabinet. Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary (PMLN) and Sajid hussain Turi (FATA) will be included as ministers of state (MOS) in the federal cabinet. Well placed sources told local media on Tuesday evening that Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif is consulting the provincial chiefs of the PML-N and allied parties for expansion in the federal cabinet and appointment of new governors in three provinces. The process for the election of the new President of the country will be underway from next month. The prime minister has made up his mind to take the next head of the state from a smaller province. The brainstorming for picking a suitable candidate for the exalted office has begun. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told his political aides that the new president of the country must not be an active politician but he should be quasipolitical person who must enjoy esteem in the society. The decision pertaining to the new ministers, governors and president would be finalized after further consultations with the fellow political colleagues by the prime minister, the sources added.

A NEW BEGINNING IN PAKISTAN ASIA LODHI

heN the newly elect premiere apprised the nation that it was going through a hard-hitting time and that some tough decisions would have to be taken, affecting all and sundry, including his incumbent team, it was not a shallow rhetoric as he was very well aware of the gruesome state of economy and ready to sacrifice along with the masses he led; and why he couldn’t expect the nation, after all he was given a heavy mandate in recently held general elections by his countrymen. Who would commit the folly of denying this very fact that the culture of exemptions and concessions must end if a self-reliant economy is to be built; and it is within the ambit of an average man’s prudence that all factions of population must share the burden of resource mobilization for running the state affairs. But it was for the first time that the incumbent head of the government decided to conserve the precious public money and there is a substantial cut of 45% in the allocated funds for the Prime Minister Secretariat which is a par excellence of austerity, begun at home. Thus, the expenses of PM Secretariat as well as Presidency have been slashed down by 45% and 14% respectively. A decision of rightsizing in the personnel, working at PM Secretariat, was also taken in order to make optimum utilization of the available resources and to reduce an unnecessary burden on public exchequer. Unlike its predecessors, PML-N government has resorted to a small cabinet which, no doubt, led to hue and cry from many quarters on not being made a part of it, considering this very fact that the vulnerable treasury cannot afford the financial burden of a brigade of ministers: resultantly, the sole criterion for this selection has been past performance and technical acumen of individuals which is commendable. hence, non-development expenditure was reduced,

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an excellent attempt to rationalize the budgetary expenditure. Moreover, the discretionary funds of ministers have also been withdrawn. energy crises, in its worst form hit the nation and undeniably, whole of the country is badly gripped in load shedding woes; it, not only crippled the economic activity but became a major cause of depression and stark mental torture as well since, nowadays, the electricity has become a necessity. Circular debt of 500 billion rupee, which is one of the major causes of this crisis, has been taken cognizance of in the newly proposed budget and funds have been allocated to settle it. There is every likelihood that it would serve as a quick fix solution in reduction of load management hours, providing the immediate relief to the aggrieved. Proposal to invest a sum of rs. 225 billion in energy sector, half of which shall be spent on the development of projects, is a salutary step to be taken: Major focus of the current year’s proposed allocation for the energy sector is in two areas; one, the conversion of Oil Furnace Power Plants to Coal Based Power Plants and two, investment in renewable energy sources which exhibits a clearly far-sighted energy policy of incumbent government. In the longer run, this would, not only add the cheap power to the national grid but it will also substitute the current dependence on fuel oil to cheaper alternatives. It means it would provide relief to the end consumer in terms of low cost of production, resultantly a lesser payment of electricity bill due to decreased price per unit. Social sector functions have been devolved to provinces so the focus of the federal government is to radically alter and upgrade the fast depleting physical infrastructure of the country since it is government which is supposed to invest in the projects of high social returns such as education, health, population welfare and large infrastructure projects. There is no denying

fact that the chunk of resources, which directly benefits the ordinary man, is Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) as through this budget head, not only the quality of service delivery is improved but the masses’ access to social welfare is also boosted. The government has proposed the highest-ever development budget of rs. 1.15 trillion which shows its unyielding resolve of improving the living standards across the country. As a matter of fact, this heavy investment in social sector will create numerous jobs with an object to bring the unemployment rate down and to spur other economic activities which will yield further rewarding opportunities for the country men. It is indeed the recognition of this reality that people of Pakistan are the real strength of government, especially the marginalized groups which represent a reservoir of potential which if utilized optimally, may change the fate of the nation. Means of communication are equally important for both the urban as well as the rural populace. Neither agriculture sector can prosper without having an easy access to markets, all across the country nor can the urban producers be cost effective in the absence of communication links that serve as transportation channels for their products. Therefore, development of efficient communication infrastructure is an important tool of poverty alleviation since a significant number of poor people remain poor due to being disconnected with the places of economic opportunities since they have lack of access to such places. It is very encouraging to note that an allocation of rs. 105 billion has been proposed in new budget for the transport sector which would help the revival of Pakistan railways as well. Another initiative taken by the federal government is expanding the provinces’ share in the divisible pool, despite the poor economic indicators, from 1.2 trillion to 1.5 trillion, as compared to the previous year

which is worth appreciating. It would help provincial governments to enhance their capacity building with respect to countering post-devolution plan administrative problems: It would also help eradicating the sense of deprivation, among the smaller provinces. Pakistan is a state worst hit by terrorism, in its all kinds, and considering this appalling situation an enhanced defence budget is inevitable. There is a meager 15% increase in defence budget, proposed in the budget. Keeping in view the history of two major heads of the country’s budget i.e. Debt servicing and Defence, this is merely a peanut increase. Simultaneously, there is a 22% increase in the budget of higher education Commission, out of which almost 42% funds are allocated under development head which demonstrate the promotion of higher education in the country as well as an enhanced access to higher education per person. Building a reliable and accessible social safety net for the poorest of the poor and the marginalized factions of society is unavoidable for these are the segments of population that are the most susceptible to the extremist ideologies if ignored. It is very heartening that the new government not only continued the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) but almost doubled the amount for it i.e. raising its size from rs. 40 billion to 75 billion. A 20% increase in the monthly support under this programme is also suggested. In order to maintain the financial credibility of the country at the comity of nations, it is mandatory to pay off the immediate liabilities i.e. the installments of external debt be paid timely. Depleting forex reserves of the country is an open secret now and there is no doubt in it that no matter whichever political party would have won the general election ‘13 and formed government, IMF would have been the lender of the last resort for the instantaneous arrangement of cash

for it. It is time we faced the reality and accepted the tough decision of 1% increase in GST, taken by the newly elect government as it is we, the people of Pakistan, who have given them a legitimate term of office to reign the country and by the virtue of this, we are duty bound to trust in the leadership as well as its pronouncements. reduction of fiscal deficit so that its pervasive ill effects can be discarded, raising tax revenues through enhancement of tax base, arresting inflationary pressures through initiative of regular price monitoring, targeting to increase the public saving and opting for cheap foreign borrowing for catering to the financial deficit and reducing the debt servicing burden on the economy, induction of professional managers in debt management to make full use of available opportunities and a vow to eliminate central bank borrowing are the salient features of this newly planned budget which can be rejected by no sane individual. It is time that the nation realized its responsibility of supporting the legitimate civilian set-up. This era is earmarked by information and rise of media and there is no doubt that an ordinary man is far more enlightened and informed than that of the one belonged to the era of 90s. It would be tantamount with sheer selfishness but illiteracy if an individual decries on one of the best budgets ever presented in the history of the country at a time when the whole country is trapped in the quagmire of terrorism, economic instability emanating from the worst form of energy crisis with cash and financially stripped treasury as well as dwindling public institutions, marred by corruption and bad governance etc. One must be patient to see the realization of the vision presented in the financial bill as it will not be realized tomorrow or day after, rather it is the first step towards the journey of a thousand miles that the nation is to travel steadfastly. The writer is a political analyst.


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Deadly disease ranikhet continues to kill peacocks in Tharparkar as seven more succumb to the disease on Wednesday, taking the overall death toll 56. The Sindh Wildlife Department confirmed the death of the seven peacocks, sharing details of other peacocks killed in various parts of Tharparkar district. So far, 19 peacocks have died in Subhani village, seven in Dahri, six in Kerlo, five in Kharoron, four in Surachand, four in Dadvero, four in Cheeraro of Deplo, two in Jaggi Jotar, and one in railo village. The seven dead peacocks were sent to the Poultry research Laboratory for examination and the reports will be received in a week, officials of the Sindh Wildlife Department said.

mardan death toll rises to 34

LAHORE: Roadside vendors have set up shops at a closed CNG station. nni

Fc should be subservient to balochistan govt: raza rabbani

MONITORING DESK The death toll from a suicide attack at a funeral in Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province rose to 34 on Wednesday after seven victims died overnight in hospital, police said. At least 29 people, including a provincial lawmaker of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) were killed Tuesday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a funeral procession in Mardan. Five persons succumbed to their injuries today, taking the death toll to 34. Moreover, at least 52 other people were also injured in the blast, said Jaffar Khan, the Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of police in Mardan. KP Information and health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai confirmed that Imran Khan Mohmand, a PTI provincial lawmaker, was killed in the blast at the funeral procession. Imran Mohmand was a worker for the Awami National Party, the former ruling party in the province, before he parted ways to contest the May 11 polls as an independent candidate. he later joined the PTI after winning the PK-27 seat. The provincial lawmaker was attending the funeral of haji Abdullah in Sher Garh, located 20 kilometres from Mardan town when the attack took place. haji Badullah who was the owner of a local petrol station had been shot dead by unknown gunmen the previous day. Worshippers were offering funeral prayers when the loud explosion ripped through the procession.

history is repeating itself, says altaf KARACHI OnLinE

Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf hussain said June 19, 1992 was the blackest day of the history of Pakistan and his party was seeing history repeating itself. Addressing the 21st death anniversary of martyrs of June 19, 1992, he said thousands of MQM workers were extra-judicially murdered in the worst state crackdown, adding history was repeating itself. Paying tribute to the martyrs of the state operation, Altaf said that eight MQM activists were missing while three workers had been extra-judicially assassinated in three months.

QUETTA: Pakistan People’s Party's (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani addresses reporters on Wednesday. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch is also seen in the picture. inP

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Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) senior leader, Senator Mian raza rabbani said on Wednesday that Frontier Corps must be subservient to

Balochistan government in order to ensure peace in the restive province. Addressing a press conference along with Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, Senator rabbani said that the Frontier Corps should be instructed loud and clear

that it was subservient to provincial government. he described the statement of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan regarding the FC as a good omen. "The minister should go beyond statements", Senator rabbani added. he said that it was observed during the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) rule in the center and the province that there was lack of coordination among federal agencies operating in Balochistan. he emphasized that intelligence agencies need to boost coordination with each other for ensuring peace in the militancy-hit province. PPP leader added that his government had made FC subservient to the provincial government and had given Aghaz-e-haqooq-e-Balochistan package to address the grievances of masses of the province. he said power in Balochistan has been shifted from one class to another, citing election of Dr. Malik Baloch as the Chief Minister of the province. he assured Dr. Malik Baloch that his party stands by latter's government in Balochistan. "We will support all positive steps of federal and provincial governments", Senator rabbani said.

Kidnapped doctor returns

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The abducted Dr Mubashir hassan on Wednesday returned to his residence after he was kidnapped late in April this year. Family sources that he had reached home after his kidnappers dropped him in front of his house and fled. They, however, declined to comment on what led to his safe release. Dr Mubashir hassan, a civil urgeon of Chaman District headquarters hospital, had been kidnapped by armed men while he was taking a morning walk near his residence on April 27.

KP CM announces additions to his cabinet PESHAWAR sHamim sHaHid

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak issued a notification on Wednesday for 10 advisors and special assistants and raised the strength of his cabinet to 15. According to the official notification, all 10 persons would enjoy benefits, powers and status equal to provincial ministers. Similarly all these 10 persons have been authorised to look after affairs of various departments and ministries. All these 10 persons, including a female, are also occupying berths in the provincial assembly. So far the chief minister has announced portfolios of 9 out of 10. Mian Jamshidud Din, of Nowshehra, is considered amongst a close confidant of the

chief minister and he was given the portfolio of excise and taxation. The chief minister also belongs to Nowshehra. Jamshid Ud Din is one of the top of five advisors to the chief minister. Two MPAs from Peshawar have also been made advisor and special assistant. Advisor to Chief Minister Yaseen Khalil was given the portfolio of physical planning whereas Special Assistant Zia Ullah Afridi was given the portfolio of mineral development. Peshawar was earlier represented by two ministers in the cabinet and now the strength has reached five. Similar number of ministers were from Peshawar in the previous ANP-led coalition government. Another advisor, Malik Qasam from Karak, was given the portfolio of the prison department whereas Qalandar

Lodhi from Abbottabad would be responsible for the affairs of the food department. Both of them have retained berths in provincial assembly as independent candidates but later they joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The portfolio of fifth advisor, Abdul haq from Kohistan, will be announced later. Former provincial minister Amjad Afridi, who was made special assistant to chief minister, was given the portfolio of housing. Amjad Afridi was elected as an independent candidate in 2008 elections to the provincial assembly and had later joined ANP and was made minister for housing. he, however, quit ANP before general elections of 2013 and had retained the seat in his personal capacity. After winning polls he had joined PTI and was made special assistant to chief minister for looking after ministry

of housing. Former PML-Q provincial general secretary Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, who was elected as an independent candidate in 2013 general polls was made in charge for higher education as special assistant to chief minister. Mushtaq Ghani also remained MPA in 20022007. Shakeel Ahmad Khan is from Malakand and will be responsible for the ministry of population welfare as well remaining special assistant to the chief Minister. Known pediatric specialist Dr Meher Taj roghani was also made special assistant to chief minister and she will look after affairs of the social welfare department. She had served as minister for health in a caretaker set up in the past. She is counted as an active member of PTI thinktanks.


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Balochistan is more important than a building

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he realisation that some sort of understanding was needed with the Afghan Taliban before the NATO troops pull out has led the US to hold direct talks with the religious militia. The Taliban were unwilling to talk to Karzai who they considered no more than a US puppet. The religious militia was therefore keen to open their office in Qatar to hold talks directly with the US and other countries. The liaison office was formally opened on Tuesday when the NATO handed over security for the entire country to Afghan forces. Initial talks would reportedly be held on Thursday. While the development is to be welcomed, the road to the settlement is going to be bumpy as a cautious Obama has observed. Peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s supreme interest. The gas and power from Central Asia that the country needs badly can only reach its cities if the ongoing insurgency is brought to an end and a stable government capable of enforcing its writ in the country is in place. Stability in Afghanistan will encourage the 1.6 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan to return to their country. This would reduce social complications created by the presence of so many outsiders. The office in Qatar will put an end to Taliban’s isolation. This is a positive development as it could make the religious militia respond to the concerns of the outside world. The Taliban government was keen to seek international recognition before it faced the US wrath in the wake of 9/11. hopefully its leadership has leant lessons from its past mistakes. What initially imposed isolation on Taliban was their hardline policies regarding women and minorities. Despite the militia being in control of 90 percent area of the country, Pakistan’s attempts over years to seek international recognition for its government met with little success. The continued hosting of Al-Qeda chief Bin Laden finally led Saudi Arabia and UAe also to withdraw recognition. Thus Pakistan was the only country that still had diplomatic relations with the regime when Afghanistan was invaded by the US-led forces. While Taliban’s policy about women and minorities still remains unclear, the statement by its Qatar representatives that no one should be allowed to threaten other countries from Afghanistan’s soil gives one hope that the militia would not allow Al-Qaeda again to use the country as a launching pad. What should concern Pakistan most in days to come is the Taliban’s attitude to Pakistani militant groups which launch attacks inside Pakistan from the Afghan territory. Pakistan should have good relations with whichever government comes to power in Afghanistan. The two countries have historical and ethnic ties that can bring them closer provided Afghanistan is treated with respect as a sovereign state on an equal footing with Pakistan. Condescending attitude that characterised the past has to be abandoned.

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he PTI is still a new kid on the block, hostility and derision come along with this naturally. however, where the whole thing takes an ironic turn is that despite being sympathetic with the Taliban, Imran Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has sort of become a target for them, particularly its leaders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where PTI is in government. In a suicide bombing the other day, PTI lost Imran Khan Mohmand, an MPA, among a total of 34 killed during the attack, with at least 25 more injured. The killing of second PTI MPA in the same province is not only a shameful act, one that should be condemned, but also brings forth the mindset of the terrorists who the PTI is so insistent on giving a leeway. That the attack happened on the same day Imran Khan, PTI chief, took oath as an MNA, is a clear indication of what the extremists think of PTI, or any political party for that matter: they reject all political solutions outright; peace is not what they want; they want to dominate the country with their violent methods. It is ironic that Imran Khan in his maiden speech in the house alluded to the idea that the terrorists would have no reason to cause this violence and mayhem had the government not aligned with the US in its war on terror. his misconception that the terrorists were only responding back with terror because of drone attacks or because of government’s aligning with the US, is actually what it is: a misconception. he needs to understand that the TTP and its affiliates have even nefarious agenda. That they want to impose their primitive system, based on flawed understanding of Islam and a misogynic interpretation of Shariah, on Pakistan through violence is reason enough not to believe that they are innocent, or they are fighting for a righteous cause. The country, fresh out of elections, hasn’t yet shaken off all the problems that are nabbing at its very core. The new governments, mainly in Balochistan and KP, need to work with the federal government to devise a strategy to tackle the issue of terrorism that has brought the country to a point where choosing one path has become imperative. A divided approach, with provincial and federal governments supporting different paths to handle the issue, won’t work. Lincoln’s statement that ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand’ fits the situation. It is time to devise an out of the box solution to put an end to the senseless killings by the TTP.

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here is something off when amongst two incidents of terrorism in Balochistan; one in which a building was destroyed, the other in which 25 people, including 15 girl students, were killed, the most grief expressed is for the building. The attack on medical students and a hospital are mentioned only as an afterthought. The building was a 19th century colonial resort in Ziarat that Governor General Muhammad Ali Jinnah chose to live at as he recovered from what would be a fatal tuberculosis infection. The other attack was a suicide bombing of a bus carrying female medical students of the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, followed by a hostage situation and holdout at the Bolan Medical College. The first attack was claimed by the Baloch Liberation Army, a militia run by Baloch nationalist, attributed to the self-exiled harbiyar Marri. The second attack was claimed by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an anti-Shia militia once considered close to the establishment. When the federal leadership, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan and Information Minister Pervaiz rasheed spoke on the issue, they issued “warning to young Baloch who pick up arms” and condemned the Ziarat attack, without mentioning the LeJ at all. The two subsequently flew to Ziarat, missing the funeral of the Quetta attack victims and failing to visit the site. The visit caught the ire of the Pakthunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), a nationalist party that is not known for desiring separation from Pakistan, whose general secretary suggested that the “ministers should have instead attended the funeral of the victims of Saturday’s attacks in Quetta claimed by the banned sectarian extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi”. What makes a so-called national symbol more important than real citizens who die at the hands of a sectarian group? Commenting on the PkMAP leader’s words, a report in a national english daily began with the words: “While the entire nation is in a state of shock over the destruction of Jinnah’s residency in Ziarat, a key coalition partner in the Balochistan government calls it a ‘symbol of slavery.’” The logic implied is that the PKMaP leadership and its position on the Ziarat residency falls outside what the “entire nation” is supposed to believe. The PkMAP General Secretary Akram Shah had continued to make a fairly clear remark: “The wooden house at Ziarat was a symbol of slavery as it was built for the colonial British officer Sir robert Groves Sandeman who ruled Balochistan until his death in 1892. The house always reminded the Baloch and Pashtuns of the long period when they were the slaves of

British empire in Indian subcontinent. For us, it’s no more than the house of the then agent to the Governor General [of India], Sir Sandeman.” Should the PkMAP general secretary’s words be taken with a pinch of salt or should they be taken seriously? In order to do so, we need to look at the history of the Ziarat regency. Originally built in 1892, the Ziarat residency became home to the British Governor-General’s Agent to Balochistan Sir robert Groves Sandeman. Sandeman, whom no one chooses to remember was responsible for the British colonial policy of dealing with Balochistan. Based on dividing Balochistan into the Khan of Kalat’s territory and the tribal territories, Balochistan was denied the status of a full province. A treaty was negotiated with the Khan of Kalat which laid down the relationship of Balochistan to the centre. The policy was maintained almost de facto by the Pakistani state after partition. Maintaining the divide between ‘civilised’ citizens and ‘uncivilised’ citizens, Balochistan continued to be ruled by an agent of the Pakistan government until it was finally declared a province in 1970. It must be recalled that Baloch nationalist history recalls that 1948, the year Jinnah passed his last days at the residency, was also the year in which Jinnah reportedly ordered an army operation to “force Balochistan to cede to Pakistan”. If it be remembered, the Ziarat residency was not even a declared heritage site before 1975. It was only when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had dismissed the National Awami Party (NAP) government in Balochistan and the Pakistan Army launched another military operation against the third Baloch insurgency that the Pakistani State remembered the Ziarat regency and re-titled it the Quaid-e-Azam residency. By declaring the Ziarat residency a “national heritage site”, the state “marked” the territory with its identity, and put a claim on a two-month period in the history of the residency. What the Ziarat residency signified to the many different peoples that inhabit Pakistan remained contested. This is why the residency was bombed. The bombing itself did not have a tangible target. The message delivered by the BLA was ‘symbolic’. In the press release that followed, the BLA called upon “their Pashtun brothers to build a monument in tribute to Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Abdul Samad Achakzai”. It also said that the bombing was representative of their position on the “talks” proposed under the National Party Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik. Much of the romance around the Ziarat residency reeks of continuing colonial attitudes. Articles and news features in tribute to the building have spoken of how “it was a hill station surrounded by juniper trees”. The “fresh air” and “greenery” are said to be its main charms. But somehow the fact that it was the seat at which Balochistan’s first coloniser, the British, exercised their power was ignored. Another article cites, “For those living in other provinces, the residency was nothing short of an emblem of Balochistan itself. This was not just confined to a sentimental association with the country’s founder, but the residency’s image also adorns rs100 notes, making it part of everyday life in Pakistan.” Is this description not the problem in itself?

The fact that our relationship to Balochistan be mediated through a building instead of a real and equal relationship with the Baloch people is the problem. Should the government’s response to the attack not have been to insist upon creating a functional and equal relationship with the Baloch people, instead of insisting that the Ziarat residency will be rebuilt within three months? ‘heritage’ is always a contested issue. historian Benedict Anderson’s old adage that “nations are imagined communities” requires repetition. Because national heritage is something that the state tries to impose on people, some (significant) groups continue to contest it. This contestation is fairly obvious in Pakistan. Statements by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership insisting that the “PkMAP general secretary had offended the millions of patriotic Baloch” are quite meaningless. The so-called trust of the Baloch in the Pakistani state can be determined from the low turnout in the 2013 General elections. The percentage of votes cast in six Baloch districts remained below 15 percent. That the PkMAP actually won the NA seat from Ziarat and still felt it necessary not to condemn the Ziarat residency attack requires contemplation in this context. Moreover, if the same sentiments of ‘national heritage’ are to be consistently employed, then much more tears need to be shed regarding the over 2,000-year-old hinglaj Temples, threatened not by Baloch nationalists, but the hingol Dam being constructed by the Pakistan government against local opposition which calls on it to “preserve heritage and ecology”. heritage formation is selective and exclusive: the state handpicks “heritage symbols” which affirm the nationalist historical narrative. The question is: where and how do we form our opinion about an event from? Personally, I do not see much tactical or symbolic purpose gained from the BLA attack on the Ziarat residency. But the question is whether I mourn the loss of the building more than I mourn the situation in Balochistan? That Jinnah stayed at a certain location does not make it sacred. If so there are a few apartments in London and Bombay that the Pakistani state needs to declare ‘national heritage’ too. This is not the point. rather it is that the discourse around the two attacks shows the skewed vision with which we look at events. The Quetta attack shows once again that Balochistan is burning, but it is only the burning of the Ziarat regency that most of the media and national politicians chose to care about, even trying to suggest that both attacks were by the BLA, despite the LeJ admission. The bombing of the residency at Ziarat is not the biggest issue in Balochistan. One must speak about missing persons, the ‘kill-anddump’ and elections held under military occupation before one begins to speak about a destroyed building. Living people must take precedence over buildings. If not Balochistan will continue to burn as we spend all our energies trying to reconstruct the Ziarat regency “exactly as it was before”. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: hashimbrashid@gmail.com


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us and china explore new relationship Obama and Xi outline core interests and explore the limits of what’s possible RObERT a manninG

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T will be some time before the full consequences of the California summit meeting between US President Barack Obama and China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, are revealed. Nixon-Mao it was not. Nevertheless, the welltimed and much-needed unscripted discussion focused on fundamental questions about the US-China relationship which has reached a new level of tension because of mutual distrust and suspicion. Xi rightly observed during a preparatory meeting with senior US officials that the USChina relationship, arguably the most important bilateral relationship in the world, is at a “critical juncture.” But based on the eight hours of meetings, the “new model of relations” which both leaders pledged to create remains a largely aspirational goal. On the explosive issue of cybersecurity, especially the cybertheft of US intellectual property, the summit’s achievement was to stress to Xi the priority of the issue, and as outgoing US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told reporters, place it “at the center of the relationship.” In what may prove the most notable outcome of the meeting, Washington and Beijing appeared to move closer on North Korea, agreeing that neither would accept a nuclear North Korea. Beijing is the chief provider of energy and food to the North. Prior to Pyongyang’s third nuclear test in February, China has appeared to place stability on the Korean Peninsula above the nuclear issue. The Obama-Xi summit may have established a basis for closer coordination in managing the nuclear problem and perhaps the eventual reunification of Korea as well. If so, such cooperation may help melt the underlying mutual distrust that permeates the relationship. For Beijing, there is fear that the US posture in Asia is designed to “contain” a rising China; for the US, a fear that China seeks to deny the US a preponderant role in the Pacific, there is little evidence that the summit has put the relationship on a more positive path. Since 1972, eight presidents, from richard Nixon to Obama, have pursued a remarkably consistent policy toward China, cooperating where possible and seeking to manage differences. But the relationship may be at a tipping point: The current bilateral relationship as presently constituted is no longer sustainable. Over the course of this decade it will almost certainly either tilt toward being more cooperative or more competitive, toward more collaborative efforts to address global problems and manage

regional security in the Pacific or toward confrontation. The direction it drifts toward will go a long way to determining the future shape of the global system. Can new equilibrium in USChina relations, what Xi calls “a new type of relationship between major countries in the 21st century,” be attained? Shirtsleeves, schmoozing and long walks can help create familiarity between leaders that could prove helpful in a crisis. Better communication at the top can minimize misunderstandings. But at the end of the day, it is interests and to some extent values, not personalities, that shape a relationship. The world’s two largest economies, the world’s largest creditor and its largest debtor, the two largest energy consumers and Pacific powers, are deeply intertwined. Yet tensions over cybersecurity, trade, currency manipulation, China’s assertive behavior toward territorial disputes in east Asia and, not least, differences in values between a democracy and an authoritarian one-party state have steadily deepened mutual distrust and suspicion. It is not, as Obama has rightly pointed out, that a rising power like China and an established power like the US are destined to clash, like Athens and Sparta in ancient times or Britain and Germany a century ago. After all, no country has benefited more from integrating itself into the US-led global system over the past 35 years than China. Since 1980 China’s economy has grown from $202.5 billion to roughly $7 trillion. Despite complaints about playing by rules of the international economic and political system that it did not write, China has been a major beneficiary. Much as it derides the US security alliances in east Asia, the US security guarantor role has provided the stability under which China has prospered. At bottom, there is a mismatch in perceptions, which if not altered could overwhelm the relationship. For example, the Chinese blame the so-called “rebalancing” by the US for rising tensions in east Asia. The view of China’s leaders is through the prism of a victim narrative reflecting an era past. Thus, rather than US Asia policy being one largely of continuity – enhancing alliances and security partnerships, deepening economic and diplomatic engagement – Beijing sees a US decision to contain China. even the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the nascent trade accord which China theoretically could join, is viewed as an effort to isolate China. “The Obama administration’s rebalancing toward Asia has to be singled out as a cataclysmic strategic move,” wrote Minghao Zhao, an analyst at a think tank of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.

rather than seeing that nations from India to Vietnam are looking to the US as a counterweight to a China asserting an ever larger footprint in the Asia-Pacific, Beijing is confusing US offshore balancing with containment. For its part, the US focuses on cyberattacks, China’s self-proclaimed efforts to become a maritime power build a modernized nuclear arsenal, and its nearly two decades of double-digit growth in defense spending. Beijing’s assertive posture in the east and South China seas are raising questions about China’s intentions. Current reality is a kind of mirror-imaging, with the military-industrial complexes in both Washington and Beijing driving a strategic competition cycle of action-reaction. The Pentagon fears China is pursuing an anti-access strategy to curb the US role in the Pacific; the People’s Liberation Army fears the US seeks to contain China and deny Beijing its rightful role as a dominant actor in the Pacific. Both sides must get past this. A new type of relationship requires Washington and Beijing to find a balance of interests. each must come to terms with how the other treats its core interests. The problem is that Beijing views its “core interests” in 19th-century terms – territory, boundaries, sovereignty, while Washington’s core interests are focused on unimpeded access to the global commons – freedom of navigation on land, sea and cyberspace. Thus, Beijing complains about US arms sales to Taiwan or visits by the Dali Lama while Washington is concerned about anti-access to US naval forces in the Pacific, cyberspace violations and anti-satellite efforts. reaching new understandings on respective core interests is a central challenge. The current centerpiece of the US-China relationship, the Strategic and economic Dialogue, has become too large and unwieldy, too much a “check the box” exercise. The ObamaXi summit was necessary to reinvigorate the relationship. Both leaders would do well to define a new type of relationship by giving priority to a few key issues that can redefine the relationship: developing rules and a code of conduct for cyberspace; agreeing on the respective US and Chinese security postures in east Asia; and demonstrating real cooperation on a big strategic issue such as North Korea. The writer is a senior fellow of the Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security at the Atlantic Council. He served as a senior counselor to the US Under-Secretary of State for Global Affairs from 2001 to 2004 and a member of the US Department of State Policy Planning Staff from 2004 to 2008.

rePArING a budget and selling it to the public is the most arduous undertaking even in the most affluent and developed countries, particularly the new tax proposals and measures aimed at keeping the corporate sector in good stead to spur economic growth and employment situation in the country. Taxes besides generating the much needed revenue for the government to spend on development maLik muHammad asHRaF of the country and well being of the masses also affect the people one way or the other, affecting their economic situation which makes them the most unpopular proposition, notwithstanding the fact that they are inevitable for resource generation. So every segment of the society tries to look at the budget from its own perspective; resultantly there is always a mixed reaction on the budgets presented by the governments. The exercise is even more excruciating in the third world countries like Pakistan, facing financial constraints and dismal economic situations. Therefore, not surprisingly the budget for 2013-14 presented by the PMLN government has spurred a debate with regard to whom it benefits and whom it hurts. The debate however lacks objectivity and relevance to the ground realities. Needless, to emphasize that the budget has been presented in the backdrop of economy perched at the edge of a precipice with fiscal deficit at 8.8 per cent of the GDP, a whopping internal debt of rs14 trillion, a circular debt of rs500 billion and acute energy crisis which has already pushed the GDP growth rate downwards by two per cent. The situation therefore demanded some hard decisions keeping in view the long term economic health of the economy. The foremost concern was to reduce the fiscal deficit through internal resource generation by broadening the tax base and reduction in the non-developmental expenditure. The revival of the corporate sector through concession and incentives was also an utmost necessity, as was the need to attract foreign investment, particularly in the energy sector, that would not only help the country through export-led growth but also improve employment situation in the country. honestly speaking, the budget proposals aim exactly at what is dictated by the economic ground realities. Bringing nearly 500,000 more people into the tax net through multiple policy initiatives and resort to indirect taxation like GST, Sales tax and different levies was the only option available to immediately raise the level of government revenue that will generate additional rs.209 billion and help in bringing down the fiscal deficit to the envisaged 6.3 per cent of GDP from the current 8.8 per cent. This is further to be reduced to four per cent by the year 2016. The government has also reduced its own expenditure by 30 per cent as well as abolishing all discretionary funds at the disposal of different ministries – a net saving of rs40 billion. These initiatives will ensure that the target of revenue collections of rs2,475 billion for the current budget is easily achieved. however a conscious effort has been made to shift the emphasis on direct taxation in the long term. These measures were essentially required to be taken to dilute the hurt being caused by the hydra-headed budget deficit and also to enhance our ability to negotiate a new loan with the IMF to cover the budge deficit besides exploring other avenues from abroad. Granted that some of the taxes on consumer items might affect certain sections in the short run but their impact is likely to be diluted by some other measures incorporated in the budget like, the continuation of the income support programme, Qarz-e-hasna scheme, training programme for educated youth to enhance their employability with a stipend of rs10,000 and the initiative to advance loans to youth on soft terms to start their own businesses which will surely benefit a large segment of the society through their multiplier effect. The enhancement of pensions by 10 per cent is also likely to provide relief to millions of families. reviving the confidence of the corporate sector through some concessions and incentives was also needed to enable it to play its role in ensuring export-led growth in the country besides producing substitute products for imported items and improving the employment situation in the country. The government therefore has rightly enhanced the period of tax holiday in the exports processing zones from five years to 10 years – the reason why some critics of the budget are calling it a corporate-friendly budget. The government despite the financial crunch has not lost sight of the developmental needs of the country and has allocated rs1155 billion for the PSDP out of which rs540 billion will be spent on federally administered projects and rs615 billion will be at the disposal of the provincial governments. This allocation represents 32 per cent increase over the previous year. The emphasis is on projects in energy and water sector. The budget also envisages 23 per cent increase in the share of the provinces from the federal divisible pool. The government has also committed to pay off the circular debt of rs500 billion within sixty days and in this regard rs25 billion will be paid during the current month, which indicates the priority that the present government is giving to the energy crisis. The tiding over the energy crisis will surely reinvigorate the domestic industrial sector which has suffered badly during the last five years and millions who lost their jobs due to this debilitating development would be back at work besides creation of new employment avenues. Much will depend on the ability of the government not only to enhance power production in the short run by paying off the circular debt but also to find sufficient resources for investing in the energy sector through internal or foreign sources to cater for the future energy needs which are increasing by 8 per cent annually. According to an IAeA report, Pakistan will need nearly 49,078 MW of electricity by2025, which means that we will have to double our power generating capacity within the next 12 years. huge resources are therefore required to meet our energy needs as well as reviving the economy to ensure a sustained growth process in the country. We will have to move towards self-reliance gradually. It will inevitably entail some tough decision divorced from political considerations. The government has shown a great courage in taking the right decisions in conformity with the dictates of the ground realities. The budget proposals for the year 2013-14 present the best possible solutions to our economic woes under the prevailing circumstances.


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LI Zafar doesn't believe in being overworked as he loves to spend quality time with family. "I am very happy with the kind of scripts that I am getting right now, but more than that I am happy that I am distributing a lot of time to my family and not burning out myself with work," Ali said. "I want to balance myself between work and family and I am happy that I am managing it quite well," he added. Since his debut in Bollywood with the 2010 film "Tere Bin Laden", the musician-actor has worked in movies like "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan", "London, Paris, New York" and " Chashme Baddoor". he will be next seen in "Aman Ki Asha". Ali, who started his career as singer and his first album "huqa Pani" did well in his home country, prefers live performances. "I enjoy going live. It's a very unusual experience. Concerts help you to get more confidence and you see your fans in front of you. There is nothing like going live," he said.

bradleY voted ‘man wIth world’s sexIest haIr’ Bradley Cooper has been chosen as the man with world's best hair by 2000 women. The 'The Hangover' star topped the survey with almost half the votes beating Ryan Gosling, who fetched only 20 percent of the votes, the Sun reported. David Beckham landed at the third place with 17 per cent of votes while Prince Harry could manage only 5 percent, the poll conducted for hair brand Fudge revealed. Most of the women who were surveyed, thought that hair longer than six inches was a turn-off and just seven percent were eager to run their fingers through styles like that of Russell Brand. nEWs dEsk

lIsa snowdon In touch wIth george clooneY Lisa Snowdon, who dated Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney on and off for five years from 2000, has said that they still keep in touch. The 41-yearold English model told new! magazine that it doesn't bother her any more, the Daily Express reported. She said that at the end of the day he is Clooney so people will be interested in knowing about him. Snowdon that though she hasn't seen him for a while the former couple keep in touch via text messages. nEWs dEsk

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Deepika Padukone would even play a grandmother if that's what it would take to be directed by ranbir Kapoor. Apart from hard work, glamour and glitz, Bollywood also works on the fabulous rapports that the stars share with their colleagues! ranbir and Dippy have proved that their relationship is like wine and will only get better with age. It looks like the two have struck a secret deal! zoOm reveals what ranbir has promised this pretty mademoiselle. In an exclusive to zoOm, Dippy confessed that years ago ranbir had promised to direct her in a movie! Well with their flawless bond and onscreen chemistry, pairing up for another film isn't that shocking. however, post the success of their recent movie, ranbir once again reminded Deepika about his promise only to prove how serious he is. We all know that ranbir has already served his term as an assistant director under Sanjay Leela Bansali and keeping track of this young-gun's success, it wouldn't be long before he takes to directing! however, what's surprising is that Deepika would do anything to be a part of this movie. In a very candid conversation, Deepika mentioned that she would go ahead and don the avatar of a grandmother if that's what it would take to be directed by ranbir. nEWs dEsk

KIM KarDasHIan ‘exCIteD’ aBoUt MotHerHooD REALITY star Kim Kardashian has opened up for the first time following the birth of her daughter over the weekend. The 32-year-old sent an email to KISS-FM host and pal Ryan Seacrest when he asked her how she was getting along since Saturday’s early delivery. “Can’t believe it. So crazy!” Kim emailed to the media mogul. During his Tuesday morning breakfast show, Ryan – who is the executive producer for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, added: “She’s very, very excited,” although he admitted he still is none the wiser about the baby’s name. Other reports claim that the Kardashian was considering naming her first child ”North”. With the child taking her father Kanye West’s surname the youngster would be ‘North West’. But it is not the only name in consideration, with Kim said to prefer the choice of Kaidence, which would follow her family’s ‘K’ theme. nEWs dEsk

Uday Chopra flirts with Nargis Fakhri openly on Twitter NEWS DESK Uday Chopra may not be known for his acting prowess but one has to appreciate his skills in impressing the opposite sex. The actor has been openly flirting with Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri on Twitter. In a recent exchange of

tweets between him and Nargis, he posted his desire to have babies with her. Uday stated, "Nargis did you know we are related. Your future sons' father is my father's son." After which his best friend Abhishek Bachchan tweeted, "Get a room kids!!!!!!" However, what is in-

teresting to note is that these tweets went missing from the sites. Maybe they were deleted. However, Uday seems so besotted with Nargis that he refuses to let go of her. He posted random messages bout the Rockstar actress. He tweeted, "One unknown fact about @NargisFakhri she loves

to travel - God help the man who gets in her way of traveling." He then went on naming things Nargis loves which also included him. "Things @NargisFakhri loves traveling, spas, Doritos, pizza and ME!," tweeted the actor and then stated, "Ok fine I don't love @NargisFakhri but please don't

tell her that or she'll kill me." However, since the poor guy did not get any response from the pretty actress, he took the safe way out. He tweeted, "Ok fine @NargisFakhri and I are just "friends" yuck that sounds so boring...all this was just part of the #UdayChopraMadnessHour."


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sonam not doIng anY hollYwood ProJect Refuting rumours that she signed a Hollywood project titled 'Curry In Love' with Tamil filmmaker P Vasu, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor said she hasn't been approached for any English film as of now. "The news about me part of an English film is just a rumour. Nobody has approached me for a Hollywood project," Sonam told reporters. It was reported Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Tamil actor Vijay and Hollywood actor Nick Nolte have been roped in to feature in Curry In Love, which was to be helmed by P. Vasu, known for Tamil films such as Chandramukhi and Kuselan. But the actress would love to act in any language film. "Language has never been a barrier for me. I would love to do films in other languages, but I don't want to end up playing similar roles. If I get a challenging role to play, then I would be more than willing to work in any language," she said while promoting her upcoming Hindi romance Raanjhanaa with Tamil actor Dhanush. Raanjhanaa, directed by Anand L. Rai, is dubbed in Tamil as Ambikapathy. While the Hindi version is scheduled to release June 21, the Tamil version will release a week later. nEWs dEsk

neIl PatrIcK to return to broadwaY to act Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the stage - and not to hand out awards. The four-time Tony Award host and former "Doogie Howser, M.D." actor will star on Broadway in the spring as the gender-bent rock chanteuse at the center of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the cult musical that was made into a cult movie. The rest of the creative team members, cast, dates and the theater will be announced later. Written by John Cameron Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask, "Hedwig" was an unlikely hit fashioned out of a strange story: a tale of obsession, glam rock, a botched sex-change operation and a quest for identity. Mitchell starred in an off-Broadway production that played for two years starting in 1998 in the dilapidated ballroom of an ancient Greenwich Village hotel and reprised the role in a 2001 film version. In a statement, Mitchell said: "Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?" nEWs dEsk

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OLLYWOOD'S action film star Jackie Chan has expressed his love for Bollywood music and dance sequences, and added that he is waiting for the right script and film director before venturing into an Indo-Chinese Cine collaboration. Chan, who is of Chinese descent, is leading a delegation at a six-day Chinese film festival in New Delhi. Welcomed by a thundering applause, the multi-faceted action star enthralled the audiences by singing a soft-Chinese song "I love my country, I love the world" wearing his trademark smile. The film festival is a means of strengthening relations between India and China, also reflecting upon the cultures of both countries. Chan said that a collaborative project between Indian and Chinese film industry would need a bunch of good directors and writers to tell a strong story. "Yes we do need some good writer, Indian good writer who can write about China and Chinese (writer) who can write about India because for us the ordinary people, we don't really

know Indian culture, (we can know) only from the movie. We need some good directors for collaboration, production cooperation," said Chan. The 59-year old, still brimming with the energy of a teenager said he loved watching a recent Bollywood film '3 Idiots', starring superstar, Aamir Khan. "Lately I saw that movie, 3 Idiots and I loved the music and the songs. Actually when I was doing a film called 'The Myth', I thought can I have an Indian version, for dancing with Mallika (Bollywood actress, Mallika Sherawat)," he said. Chan acted in a 2005, fantasy-action film 'The Myth', that also starred Bollywood actress, Mallika Sherawat in a supporting role. A special screening of Chan's new directorial venture 'Chinese Zodiac' has been scheduled for Tuesday evening. It is an action adventure film in which he plays the protagonist, who is searching the world for a set of mystic artefacts-12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.

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DOESN’T THINK HER FIgUre IS UP TO PAR Amy Adams has admitted that her bikini body isn't what one would expect to look like. The 'Man of Steel' actress told the July issue Allure magazine that unlike some of the actresses or public personas, who are very public about their disciplined diets, she just doesn't see the point of it, the Huffington Post reported. The 38-year-old star asserted that she will never be the one of those people that look wow in a bikini and she'd much rather be wow for the reasons she wants to. nEWs dEsk

would maKe a much better vIllaIn than bond: danIel radclIFFe 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe feels that he could better play the role of a baddie than act as the iconic spy James Bond. The actor asserted that he is not robust enough to play Bond, the Sun reported. The 23-year-old star added that he is never going to be cast to play a Bruce Willis character in Die Hard. nEWs dEsk

Johnny Deppnot retiring from Hollywood NEWS DESK Though he thinks about retiring from hollywood everyday, actor Johnny Depp reveals he has no such immediate plans because his brain "on idle is a bad thing". "I think while I've got the opportunity, the desire and the creative spark to do the things that I can do right now, I should do them. And then, at a certain point, just take it down to the bare minimum and concentrate on, I guess, living life. really living life," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Depp as saying. "And going somewhere where you don't have to be on the run, or sneak in through the kitchen or the underground labyrinth of the hotel. At a certain point, when you get old enough or get a few brain cells back, you realise that, on some level, you lived a life of a fugitive," he added.


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The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests. Instead scientists have found that clapping is contagious, and the length of an ovation is influenced by how other members of the crowd behave. They say it takes a few people to start clapping for applause to spread through a group, and then just one or two individuals to stop for it to die out. The Swedish study is published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Lead author Dr Richard Mann, from the University of Uppsala, said: “You can get quite different lengths of applause - even if you have the same quality of performance. This is purely coming form the dynamics of the people in the crowd.” CHAIN REACTION: The research was carried out by studying video footage of groups of undergraduates as they watched a presentation. The scientists found that it took just one or two people to put their hands together for a ripple of applause to spread through the crowd. These claps sparked a chain reaction, where, spurred on by the noise, other audience members joined in. “The pressure comes from the volume of clapping in the room rather than what your neighbour sitting next to you is doing,” explained Dr Mann. But the performance that had been witnessed - no matter how brilliant had little effect on the duration of the noisy acclaim. In fact, the researchers found the duration of applause varied greatly. Dr Mann told BBC News: “In one case an audience might clap on average 10 times per person. Another time they might clap three times as long. “And all that comes from is that you have this social pressure to start (clapping), but once you’ve started there’s an equally strong social pressure not to stop, until someone initiates that stopping.” The scientists believe that clapping is a form of “social contagion”, which reveals how how ideas and actions gain and lose momentum. nEWs dEsk

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he world should stop arguing about whether humans are causing climate change and start taking action to stop dangerous temperature rises, the president of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Jim Yong Kim said there was 97 to 98 percent agreement among scientists that global warming was real and caused by human activity. “If you disagree with the science of human-caused climate change you are not disagreeing that there is anthropogenic climate change. What you are disagreeing with is science itself,” Kim told a Thomson reuters Newsmaker event in London. “It is time to stop arguing about whether (climate change) is real or not,” he said. A study last month found that 97 percent of around 4,000 scientific reports giving an opinion about the cause of climate change since the 1990s said it was mainly human. Skeptics said the survey wrongly omitted thousands of papers that did not give a view.

Governments across the world have agreed to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). estimates differ over how high temperatures may rise and over what period of time. The World Bank and others have estimated that the globe has already warmed by about 0.8 degrees C (1.4F) since the Industrial revolution and 2 degrees C is widely viewed as a threshold to dangerous changes such as more floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels. The World Bank wants more focus on the issue. In a report on Wednesday, it cited Bangkok as an example, saying much of it could flood within the next two decades if global warming stays on its current trajectory. Kim said that as extreme weather events

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continue, public opinion about climate change should start to change. The lack of an international deal is a “lame excuse” to not tackling climate change, Kim said. In the meantime, any kind of agreements or action should be encouraged. “The level of seriousness at the top in the United States couldn’t be higher. As extreme weather events occur (such as) in the Midwest and hurricane Sandy etc, other legislators will come around,” Kim said. he noted that China, the world’s second-largest economy, is also taking climate change very seriously. CO2: even though China is the biggest CO2 emitter in the world and is still building coal plants, it is investing more in solar and wind power than any other country and ramping up efforts to build cleaner 1.

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cities and more efficient buildings. China’s efforts to develop its own national carbon market - similar to europe’s, is also positive sign for a global agreement, Kim said. China launched its first emissions trading plan this week in Shenzhen, marking a milestone in the country’s climate policy. “If we get China, the U.S. and the eU to agree on a price for CO2 we will have a market mechanism to fight climate change. I hope a practical solution will happen before 2020,” he added. The european Union currently operates the world’s largest carbon market, which has been in place since 2005. The rate of warming since the turn of this century, meanwhile, has slowed more than many scientists had expected after strong rises in the 1980s and 1990s. Some have interpreted this as a sign climate change is less of an immediate threat than thought. Attempts to agree a plan of action to combat climate change failed at a U.N. conference in Copenhagen in 2009, primarily because of concerns over the economic impact. (Additional reporting by Anna Yukhananov. editing by Jeremy Gaunt.)

Call or text your phone: You might find a good samaritan has come across it and is just waiting for your call. Try to call from a number that’s saved in your phone, that way whoever found it will see that it’s someone you know who’s calling, and they’ll be more likely to answer. If no one answers, send a text message to your phone with information on how to reach you and return your phone. That way it will display in the lock screen and make it easy to get your device back. (You can learn how to make the case shown above here.) Change your passwords: On the off chance that you don’t have your phone password protected or that whoever has your phone is competent enough to hack into it, update any passwords that are automatically logged in on your phone and might contain sensitive information—think e-mail, banking apps, iTunes, and passwords to apps like evernote where you might have stored private info. And let’s be honest, you’re probably overdue to change your passwords anyway, so it’s a good step to take even if you find your phone in the sofa cushions later. Use a “find your phone” app: If your phone is on and has enough service, track it down with one of the phone-finding apps. hopefully you’ll learn that the phone is just at home, or at your boyfriend or best friend’s house. In fact, if you phone is within reach, go download and activate them on your phone right now. It will help you later, we promise. here are the links to download: iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. Contact your carrier: The safest way to make sure no one gets a hold of your information and accounts is to go through your service provider and have them turn off the phone remotely. Be sure to ask them if they can just turn the phone off and not completely wipe all of your data. You don’t want to lose all your photos and contacts that you’ve saved on your device. If you think there’s a good chance you’ve just misplaced your phone and will be able to recover it, hold off on this step. But when it comes time to clear your phone, here’s how to report your phone missing at several of the major carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Update your Findables profile: We told you about Findables last week; it’s an smartphone case with a Qr code on the back that redirects to either a social profile or a profile that will show the person who found your phone how to get in touch. If your phone is M.I.A. log in to the Findables website and make your “lost phone profile” the one that’s front and center. Keep an eye on your accounts: Pay extra close attention to your bank accounts and your social accounts if you lose your phone. If you notice anything fishy, it’s time to get in touch with your cellphone carrier and have your phone wiped clean or locked. nEWs dEsk

How tHe HaIry-CHesteD ‘HoFF’ CraB evolveD Yeti crabs don’t comb their hair to look good they do it because they’re hungry. These bizarre deep-sea animals grow their food in their own hair, trapping bacteria and letting it flourish there before “combing” it out and slurping it up. The crabs are found near cold seeps and hydrothermal vents, places where mineral-rich water spews out of the seafloor. Like many animals that live in these extreme environments, yeti crabs have been thought of as “living fossils,” largely isolated from the rest of world and, therefore, unchanged for eons. But new research shows these animals actually evolved relatively recently, suggesting the deep-sea environments the crabs call home may be more changeable than previously thought and more vulnerable to shifts in the atmosphere and climate, said Oxford University researcher Nicolai roterman. A study by roterman and his colleagues detailing the evolutionary history of these bizarre creatures was published June 18 in the journal Proceedings of the royal Society B, and their research turned up a few surprises. WhENCE ThE YETI CRAB? Scientists have officially described four species of yeti crabs, the first of which was found in 2005, and all of

which sport furry claws. Three years ago, however, roterman helped discover another crab in the same family near the east Scotia ridge in the Southern Ocean; it features a hairy chest on which the animal “farms” its own food, roterman told LiveScience. Upon helping to discover the crab, roterman nicknamed it the “hoff” crab, after the shaggy-chested actor David hasselhoff. “It was the first name that popped into my head,” roterman said. “And it stuck.” roterman and co-authors found that these crabs are most closely related to squat lobsters, relatively common animals that live among deep-sea corals in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The researchers’ analysis of the different species’ DNA suggests the crabs arose in the eastern Pacific and then migrated west, extending their range into the Indian Ocean. each of the yeti crab species shares a common ancestor that lived about 35 million to 40 million years ago, more recently than previously thought, roterman said. All but one of these yeti crab species live at hydrothermal vents, where water rocketing out of the earth can reach temperatures of 716 degrees Fahrenheit. The crabs lead a perilous life, getting as close to the steaming water as possible to bathe their whisker-hugging microbes in the water’s nourishing chemicals. If the crabs

get too close, however, they can be cooked alive. MORE vULNERABLE ThAN ThOUGhT The other species of yeti crab lives around methane seeps off of Costa rica, and is named Kiwa puravida (the species name meaning “pure life,” the Costa rican motto). Genetic evidence suggests this species branched off from its family’s common ancestors before the others, meaning that yeti crabs may have first evolved in these relatively less-extreme environments and later migrated to hot hydrothermal vents, roterman said. The crabs may also be more vulnerable than previously thought. These creatures make do with extremely low levels of oxygen, surviving at the limits that can sustain life, roterman said. Oxygen arrives at these remote locations from the surface, making its way to the deep ocean after cold water has sunk at the poles and moved toward the equator. The ocean’s circulation is sensitive to long-term increases in temperature, however. Studies have shown that the atmosphere greatly warmed and deepwater oxygen decreased significantly about 55 million years ago, possibly killing off animals that lived at hydrothermal vents at the time. Their demise, in turn,

cleared the way for the yeti crabs to evolve and take over their current niche, roterman said. “I’m not suggesting these animals are going to be imminently effected by climate change, but that they are not completely immune to what happens at the surface,” he said. “The number of knownKiwa species still is small, but [this] study conducts a competent phylogenetic analysis based on DNA sequence data,” said robert Vrijenhoek, a scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium research Institute who discovered the first yeti crab in a 2005 expedition in the southeastern Pacific near easter Island. nEWs dEsk


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SPORTS DESK New Zealand coach Mike hesson has come out in support of wicketkeeper Luke ronchi, who has had a torrid start with the bat for his new international team. ronchi, who had played four ODIs for Australia in 2008 before switching countries to revive his international career, was handed the responsibility of opening for New Zealand in england - in the teams’ bilateral series and the Champions Trophy - but has only managed 47 runs in six matches, including four single-digit scores. “We’ll review things with Luke. he is certainly a player that we like, in terms of how he goes about things,” hesson was quoted as saying by Fairfax NZ News. “No doubt he has had a tough start, but we pick players because we think they’ve got qualities that will serve them well over a period of time.” “We picked him as an opener to play that aggressive role. Luke has had most of his success in four-day cricket back home [for Wellington] in the middle order. In one-day and T20 cricket in the middle he didn’t set the world alight, but certainly showed some ability when he did bat at the top in terms of that destructive nature.” Another worry for New Zealand has been the fitness of spinner Daniel Vettori, who played all of New Zealand’s Champions Trophy games but experienced discomfort due to his troublesome Achilles tendon, which has bothered him for almost a year.

One-day cricket is very unpredictable, whereas Championship cricket is more relaxed and more boring, in a way. You have to bowl six balls in the same area consistently. — Craig Meschede

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MaJID Front-rUnner For pCB CHaIrMan’s role LAhORE: Pakistan’s former captain and ex chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board Majid Jahangir Khan is the front runner of the three candidates suggested to take over as the interim chairman of the PCB. A Pakistan government lawyer says former captain Majid Khan is likely to be the acting chairman of the PCB. Lawyer Irfanullah informed Islamabad high Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddique that commentator Chishtie Mujahid and former chief of the Federal Board of revenue Mumtaz haider rizvi are the other two candidates. Irfanullah also informed the judge that the names have been forwarded to prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who will select the winning candidate. Last month, Siddique suspended Zaka Ashraf, terming his election as PCB chairman “polluted” after a petition filed by a former cricket official from rawalpindi. Siddique asked the government to appoint a new PCB chairman by end of this week and inform the court on June 24. sTaFF REPORT

International Cricket Council (ICC) to reduce political interference. But for the vote Zardari nominated Ashraf — whom he had appointed as chairman in 2011 under the old system deemed unacceptable

BCB president Nazmul hassan has warned Bangladesh could lose its ICC membership if it doesn’t hold a board election in line with ICC guidelines. The country’s high Court earlier this year challenged the legality of the newly amended BCB constitution, and that has held up the elections which were supposed to take place within 90 days of the ad-hoc committee taking over the BCB. The ICC has reportedly set guidelines for cricket boards to minimise government interference and make sure that the board

seen as politically motivated, with the cricket head coming from the same party as the president, and former Pakistan Army cricket coach Ahmed Nadeem Sadal challenged it in the courts.

Ahmed, Agar ‘Ashes contenders’: Inverarity SPORTS DESK The legspinner Fawad Ahmed remains in contention for a late Ashes call-up despite being named in the Australia A squad to tour Africa while england and Australia battle for the urn. The national selectors have chosen a 16-man group for the trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa in July and August and they have included both Ahmed and the left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, while batsmen Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch have also been picked despite struggling in the Sheffield Shield last summer. Steven Smith, who is serving as vicecaptain to Brad haddin on the ongoing Australia A tour of england, will lead the side on the month-long trip, which features a three-day game against

presidents are elected, not selected. Accordingly, on March 1, 2012, the BCB directors amended the board’s constitution but it had to wait for the approval from the National Sports Council, the regulatory body of sports in Bangladesh. Due to the delay in getting the approval, the BCB had to be run by an ad-hoc body from late November after the elected body’s reign expired. “We had to change the constitution to follow ICC guidelines so that’s how the 2012 draft came about,” hassan said. “If we don’t do the election according to ICC’s guideline and the court declares the

Zimbabwe in harare, followed by two four-day matches against South Africa A. There is also a limited-overs section of the tour and Australia A will play at least four 50-over games during a one-day tri-series featuring South Africa A and India A in Pretoria. A number of changes were necessary from the squad in england, given that the selectors chose to use that trip as a chance for several Ashes squad members to adjust to the conditions ahead of the official start of the Test tour. The fast bowlers Josh hazlewood and Gurinder Sandhu have been called up from outside the group in england, as has the wicketkeeper Tim Paine and the trio of Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who played in the Champions Trophy.

Ahmed and Agar, both of whom are in the Australia A team in england, were both named but the national selector John Inverarity left the door open for either man to be added to the Ashes squad. Agar, a 19-year-old left-armer who impressed the selectors when he travelled with the Australians in India earlier this year, has taken 4 for 61 and scored a half-century in his two Australia A matches in england so far, while Ahmed took 1 for 65 in his only game. “If we decide to expand the Ashes squad and expand it with a spinner, then Ashton Agar and Fawad Ahmed are the two contenders for that position,” Inverarity said. “They’re both included in this squad and we look forward to them getting more opportunity in this environment.”

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delay in bCb polls could endanger ICC membership: nazmul Hassan SPORTS DESK

by the ICC — and only one other candidate, former Lahore Stock exchange chairman Aftab Ahmad. Ashraf`s nomination was widely criticised by former players and officials because it was

BCB president Nazmul hassan has said he is unsure whether Bangladesh’s domestic one-day competition, the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, will start on time. he admitted to an underlying anxiety around the possibility of finding more names in the BPL corruption report to be submitted by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) later this month. The Dhaka Premier League has been re-scheduled to start on July 3 while its players’ transfers have been scheduled for June 23. hassan expects to receive the ACSU report during the ICC annual conference to be held in London from June 25 to 29. Mohammad Ashraful is the only player to have confessed to his involvement in match-fixing and spot-fixing during this season’s BPL, after being questioned by the ACSU. It is still not clear whether there are any other players or officials involved, but hassan doesn’t want to start a tournament without a clean slate. sPORTs dEsk

2008 constitution valid, Bangladesh stands to lose its ICC membership.” “We need a constitution to run the election, and I have two at the moment. One from 2008 and the other done in 2012. The latter constitution was sent to the BCB ad-hoc committee by the

National Sports Council. But since this 2012 draft is with the court, our election is being delayed.” hassan reminded that the changes asked to be made by the ICC have to be taken into account, although ICC president Alan Isaac said in November last year that the major change, that of reduced government interference, is still under

review. “In the last [ICC] board meeting, we were told that every board has to bring about certain changes to their constitution. But unless the high Court decides on our board’s constitution, we don’t have much to do. We are seeking legal opinion because the ICC has set a timeframe and bindings. We have to do something within these limitations.”


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“I understand why sports want to do that but people at home want to see the best players playing and we urge Cricket Australia to pick the best players every time,” Browne said. — Jeff Browne

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Grown man now or not, after the mess South Africa made of this tie, he could be forgiven for repeating the experience. De Villiers is no longer an innocent child, he is captain of a South Africa one-day side which throughout his lifetime has repeatedly flattered to deceive in ICC tournaments. So it proved once more. england rampaged through the top order as eight wickets fell for 80. It was a muggy morning at Kennington Oval, england won a favourable toss, and for once the white Kookaburra swung, but South Africa contributed immensely to their downfall. David Miller and rory Kleinveldt did at least regain a measure of respectability. A record ninth-wicket partnership for South Africa of 95 in 16 overs took them to 175. But all that did was provide Jonathan Trott with a prolonged opportunity to bat much as he wished, seemingly oblivious to the pressure of a Champions Trophy semi-final. he finished with a spritely 82 not out from 84 balls, a seven-wicket win done and dusted with more than 12 overs to spare. Trott’s rate of progress is constantly pored over, his displays routinely regaled by some, condemned by others. As england lost their openers, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, with 41 on the board, and de Villiers shuffled his bowlers impatiently, looking for a magic trick, no england supporter was carping. They yearned for his stability. Let me watch in peace, they urged him, build your bubble, do it your way. South Africa wanted his wicket more than any other, but Trott and root, one imperturbable, the other full of vim, confirmed england’s place in the final with a stand of 105 in 20 overs. root left cursing himself, bowled behind his legs by JP Duminy for 48, but Trott remained productive to the end, completing his ritual post-match scratching of his guard even as eoin Morgan tried to offer his congratulations. The match was essentially settled by the 23rd over. South Africa batted skittishly, as if 300-plus and the sooner the better, was essential. Critically, they lost their most influential batsman, hashim Amla for a single and the reverberations of that were felt deep into the order. The coach, Gary Kirsten, voiced what many were thinking. “We choked,” he said. england’s mood was set by the connoisseur of swing bowling, James Anderson, whose opening spell of 2 for 11 was extended to seven overs as his captain, Cook, sought to break South Africa early while the conventional swing persisted. Wickets in the first two overs of South Africa’s innings got england

scOREbOaRd sOuTH aFRica ca ingram lbw b anderson 0 1 Hm amla c †buttler b Finn 30 RJ Peterson lbw b anderson 26 F du Plessis c †buttler b Tredwell 0 ab de Villiers*† c †buttler b broad JP duminy b Tredwell 3 da miller not out 56 R mcLaren run out (Trott) 1 3 cH morris c †buttler b Tredwell 43 Rk kleinveldt c †buttler b broad LL Tsotsobe c †buttler b broad 0 EXTRas (lb 6, w 6) 12 TOTaL 175 FaLL OF WickETs 1-1 (ingram, 0.5 ov), 2-4 (amla, 1.4 ov), 3-45 (Peterson, 10.5 ov), 4-50 (de Villiers, 13.4 ov), 5-63 (duminy, 16.5 ov), 6-70 (du Plessis, 18.4 ov), 7-76 (mcLaren, 20.2 ov), 8-80 (morris, 22.3 ov), 9-175 (kleinveldt, 38.3 ov), 10175 (Tsotsobe, 38.4 ov) bOWLinG Jm anderson 8-1-14-2, sT Finn 8-1-45-1, scJ broad 8.4-0-50-3, Jc Tredwell 7-119-3, JE Root 3-0-22-0, Rs bopara 4-0-19-0 EnGLand an cook* c †de Villiers b morris 6 20 iR bell c †de Villiers b kleinveldt iJL Trott not out 82 JE Root b duminy 48 15 EJG morgan not out 8 EXTRas (lb 4, w 4) TOTaL 179 did nOT baT Rs bopara, Jc buttler†, scJ broad, Jm anderson, Jc Tredwell, sT Finn FaLL OF WickETs 1-22 (cook, 6.2 ov), 2-41 (bell, 10.6 ov), 3-146 (Root, 31.6 ov) bOWLinG cH morris 8-1-38-1, RJ Peterson 9.3-1-49-0, JP duminy 5-0-27-1, LL Tsotsobe 50-26-0, Rk kleinveldt 4-0-10-1, R mcLaren 6-0-25-0 match details Toss England, who chose to field series England advanced Player of the match Jc Tredwell (England) umpires HdPk dharmasena (sri Lanka) and RJ Tucker (australia) TV umpire bnJ Oxenford (australia) match referee J srinath (india) Reserve umpire sJ davis (australia)

moving. Anderson can cut a serious, brooding figure, but the closeness of the morning left him full of smiles before the start. he removed Colin Ingram for nought with his fifth ball, outswinger followed by inswinger and an lbw verdict Steven Finn has been stalking around the Champions Trophy, none too happy about his omission from the side, but Tim Bresnan’s absence, to be with his wife hannah with their baby imminent, gave him his first appearance of the tournament. Cook gave him the new ball and challenged him to channel that anger and his fourth delivery brought england the prize wicket of Amla as he failed to withdraw from an outswinger, the first of six catches behind the stumps for Jos Buttler.

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commIssIon to award tv rIghts through transParent bId, saYs nadeem LAhORE: Former President Lahore City Cricket Association Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed has called for forming a commission comprising former judges of apex court to award Pakistan cricket TV rights through a transparent bid. “It is imperative to constitute a commission to sell the rights at a reasonable amount rather adopting the same old procedure which creates doubts regarding the entire process,” he said here on Wednesday. he said the it was the utmost effort of the suspended Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Muhammad Zaka Asrhaf to sell the rights during his regime and that was the only reason he was interested to stay in the Board. “According to the information made available the bidding is likely to take place later this month and that is why Chairman PCB was interested to stay,” he said. Former, LCCA Chief was of the view that normally the rights were sold out at cost of US dollars 150 million which was a far lesser amount compared to the other cricket boards. “Cricket Australia sells at TV right at a cost of US $ 500 million and Pakistan being the second largest cricket playing country after India gets mere US dollars 150 million which is quite astonishing as that amount is not satisfactory keeping in view the value of the rights,” he asserted. he said PCB is fully capable of selling the right at US $ 500 million if the bidding process is executed in a most fair and transparent way under the watchful eyes of former reputed judges of the higher courts. sTaFF REPORT

netball teams congratulated LAhORE: Punjab Netball Association (PNA) president Syed Shaharyar Ali and secretary Ch rizwan Ali felicitated netball team on winning gold medal in the Inter-provincial Netball Championship and silver in National Men’s Beachball Championship held in Karachi. The PNA secretary and officials accorded warm welcome to the team on their arrival. Secretary Ch rizwan said: “Our team performed very well in both the events and produced more than satisfactory results.” he said the PNA president had encouraged the team and announced a reception in their honour to motivate them to continue doing well in the upcoming events. “Punjab has no dearth in netball talent and whenever our boys were given chance, he not only proved their worth by performing well but also earn laurels for the province. The PNA chief always keeps on encouraging the boys and the result of which is that our players played exceptionally well and earned medals in the national events,” he concluded. sTaFF REPORT

Teams fret more over rain than familiar opponents SPORTS DESK even as Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty were doing their darnedest to drive Australia to a sensational victory over Sri Lanka at The Oval, there were plenty of non-Australians cheering them on, just so that the cricket world will be spared yet another India-Sri Lanka ODI. In the last five years, the two sides have met a mind numbing 44 times in ODIs, and will face off again in a tri-series in the Caribbean starting next week. The teams are so familiar with each other and their strategies that MS Dhoni said: “You can also cut the extra 15 minutes of time in a team meeting and keep it simple.” At least unlike a majority of those previous encounters, Thursday’s clash is a high-stakes, high-profile game. even that could be ruined, though, as the weather forecast is dire. Sri Lanka, whose cricket season at home is regularly blighted by rain, are the only team to have been fortunate to get three full group matches, but that run looks set to come to an end with plenty of showers expected in Cardiff. What’s worse for Sri Lanka is that, in case of a washout, India will go through on account of being winners of Group B. The Champions Trophy is marketed as a “short, sharp” tournament, but not having a reserve day for the knockout matches is stretching that concept a bit too far. The only other times these teams have met in the Champions Trophy was also in a big game, the final in 2002, which was washed out despite the reserve day. A week ago, midway through the league stage, Sri Lanka seemed headed for the exit

as ravi Bopara’s burst in the final over lifted england to 293. Sri Lanka, however, hunted down that total before reeling off an impressive victory over Australia to progress to the semi-finals, a stage they regularly reach in global tournaments. Despite that, they have precious little silverware to show so far, something the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara will be desperate to change. To achieve that, they have to get past the form team of the tournament. There had been a bit of trepidation over how a revamped India would cope with the loss of vastly experienced players like Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan. Their absence hasn’t been felt yet, as India’s new opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and rohit Sharma have been prolific, and ravindra Jadeja’s miraculous season continues. A team traditionally filled with slow-coaches has now been transformed to one the normally cautious Dhoni calls “the best fielding side in the world”. In the crunch matches, though, will the inexperience show? FORM GUIDE: (Most recent first, last five completed matches) India WWWLW Sri Lanka WWLLW WATCh OUT FOR: Two of Sri Lanka’s batting giants, Sangakkara and Jayawardene, have already played match-winning innings in this tournament. The third, Tillakaratne Dilshan, hasn’t hit the same heights, though he has contributed with the ball, and took an athletic caught-and-bowled that confirmed Sri Lanka’s qualification. Dilshan has top scored in Sri Lanka’s two longest ODI tournaments in recent years, the World Cup

and the CB series in 2011-12. Sri Lanka will be looking to him to lift his game when it counts once again. r Ashwin has firmly established himself as India’s lead spinner, and has grown so much in confidence that he even attempted a conventional legspinner in the Pakistan match. India’s bowling has yet to be strenuously tested in this tournament, and with a callow pace attack that is yet to prove itself under serious pressure, Ashwin’s role assumes even more importance. TEAM: India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh raina, 7 ravindra Jadeja, 8 r Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt), 6 Dinesh Chandimal, 7 Lahiru Thirimanne, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 rangana herath, 11 Shaminda eranga/Thisara Perera PITCh AND CONDITIONS: Pitches in Cardiff have been of contrasting nature. More than 600 runs were scored in the opening match, and the next was a lowscoring thriller between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in which 19 wickets went down for 277 runs. The semi-final will be played on a fresh surface that hasn’t yet been used in the tournament. More than the pitch, though, the weather will be key - light to heavy rain is expected through the day, which will lead to a curtailed match or, at worst, a washout.


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“Starting the season at home is a great way for our supporters to show the players they are ready to be behind the team all the way. — Jose Mourinho

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Andy Murray has been seeded second for Wimbledon, meaning French Open champion rafael Nadal may await in the quarter-finals. rafa Nadal could face world number one Novak Djokovic, defending champion roger Federer or home favourite Murray as early as the Wimbledon quarterfinals after being announced as fifth seed for the tournament on Wednesday. Djokovic was named number one, with Murray second and Federer third in seedings that followed the world rankings. Spaniard Nadal, twice a winner at the All england Club and a 12-times Grand Slam champion, is working his way back up after a sevenmonth layoff due to a knee injury. The Wimbledon seeding reflects Nadal’s current ranking, with the Mallorcan behind fourthranked compatriot David Ferrer whom he beat to win an eighth French Open title this month. John Mcenroe, the retired threetimes Wimbledon champion, said on Tuesday that it would be ‘totally wrong’ for Nadal to be seeded outside the top four for the tournament starting on Monday. Wimbledon organisers can bump players up the seedings, higher than their rankings, to reflect their pedigree on grass. sPORTs dEsk

FIxture change Frustrates goodwIn St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin claims Scotland is the only nation in the world that would allow clubs to postpone league games so they can cash in on moneyspinning friendlies. Fixtures for the Scottish Premier League released on Wednesday show that the Buddies were due to face Celtic at Parkhead in their second game of the new campaign on August 10. But Neil Lennon’s Scottish champions have been given permission to cancel the fixture so they can instead face Liverpool in a Dublin friendly - a move branded as “ridiculous” by Paisley captain Goodwin. The Saints defender told Press Association Sport: “I’m very frustrated. I don’t agree with it. I understand from a financial view what it does for Celtic. But for the game up here it is ridiculous. We have been unfortunate to be the club who drew this fixture. We are looking to get off to a good start and gain a bit of momentum. sPORTs dEsk

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ArIA Kirilenko ended elena Baltacha’s good run of victories with a threeset win in the second round of eastbourne. Baltacha had won a challenger in Nottingham last week and her first round match at eastbourne but was defeated by the sixth seeded russian in a tight contest 4-6 6-4 6-3. Baltacha, working her way back from a foot injury, will be pleased that she pushed the world number 10 all the way in the hot conditions in east Sussex ahead of Wimbledon next week where she has been awarded a wild card. She even broke Kirilenko in the first game of the second set but the russian struck right back before claiming the win. Second seed Li Na also moved into the quarter-finals of the event although the Chinese star didn’t even have to play as her opponent Marion Bartoli withdrew with illness. Li could potentially play Britain’s heather Watson next. In-form American Jamie hampton is also in the last eight as she followed on her surprised win over top seed Agnieszka radwanska with a 6-4 7-6(2) win over hsieh Su-Wei. She will next face Lucie Safarova who beat former US Open champions Samantha Stosur7-6(5) 6-3. WTA eastbourne second round results 6-Maria Kirilenko (russia) beat elena Baltacha (Britain) 4-6 6-4 6-3 Jamie hampton (U.S.) beat hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) 6-4 7-6(2) Lucie Safarova (Czech republic) beat Samantha Stosur (Australia) 7-6(5) 6-3 2-Li Na (China) beat Marion Bartoli

toP-seeded raonIc beaten bY dodIg EASTBOURNE: Canadian top seed Milos raonic has suffered a surprise secondround defeat to Ivan Dodig at eastbourne. World number 54 Dodig won comfortably in straight sets 6-2 7-6 (9-7) after a sloppy performance from the Canadian. raonic lost his first two service games allowing Dodig into a 5-2 advantage. raonic had an opportunity to break back as Dodig served for the set but failed to convert. The second set went with serve and Dodig held his nerve to prevail in the tie-break to wrap up the victory in 83 minutes. “I couldn’t have started in a worse way,” said raonic, “I think I missed four backhands to start off the match. “I had my chance in the tie-break. But I don’t think I should let situations where I get two double faults from my opponent pass by and not win a tie-break. I can’t play much worse, so it’s only going to get better.” Fourth seed Juan Monaco also crashed out as he was defeated 6-4 6-4 by Feliciano Lopez of Spain but eight seed Fabio Fognini escaped against Martin Klizan 6-7(6) 6-2 6-2, while unpredicatable but talented Australian Bernard Tomic beat Julien Benneteau 6-2 5-7 7-6(4). In ‘shertogenbosch, fifth seed Jeremy Chardy moved into the quarter-finals with a 7-5 6-4 victory over romania’s Marius Copil. The Frenchman is one of only two seeds - the other being second seed Stanislas Wawrinka - still left in the competition. ATP eastbourne second round results Ivan Dodig (Croatia) beat 1-Milos raonic (Canada) 6-2 7-6(7) Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Albert ramos (Spain) 6-4 6-0 ATP ‘s-hertogenbosch second round results roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) 6-2 6-3 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) beat Daniel Brands (Germany) 7-6(7) 6-2 Jan hernych (Czech republic) beat Michael Llodra (France) 6-7(5) 6-4 7-5 evgeny Donskoy (russia) beat robin haase (Netherlands) 6-4 7-5 Nicolas Mahut (France) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (russia) 6-2 6-4. aGEnciEs (France)WO WTA ‘s-hertogenbosch second round results 2-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) 2-6 6-4 6-

3 4-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) beat Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) 7-6(6) 7-6(3) Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat

Lauren Davis (U.S.) 6-2 6-0 Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) beat Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) 6-1 7-6(4)

Gill hopes to provide Patterson with an experience to remember SPORTS DESK After picking up a Masters title in his first ten rounder earlier in this month, fancied welterweight Ahmet ‘Pattycake’ Patterson (9-0) faces Phil ‘The Phil Gill experience’ Gill (14-1-2) for the Southern Area welterweight belt on July 5 at the Camden Centre. Stylist Patterson (9-0), from Leyton, coasted to a points win over tough Nottingham southpaw Dale Miles at the same venue on June 2, and will be looking to make it ten wins out of ten against Waltham Abbey’s Gill (pictured), who only recently moved up to welter after spending most of his career thus far at lightweight.

Gill’s last shot at the Southern Area title ended in disappointment after being overwhelmed in the first round by tough hove scrapper Ben Murphy, who went on

to contest the British version. Since then, Gill, from Waltham Abbey, has notched up a couple of wins including a four round shutout over

seasoned east ham journeyman Johnny Greaves. But he’s under no illusions about the difficulty of the task ahead. “It’s a big risk”, said Gill. “A big step up from the weight I’m used to fighting at, but then you have to take your chances when you get given them. “realistically, I’m not going to outbox this guy, so Im going to have to go for the knockout, even though I’m not really known as a puncher. “But neither is Patterson. I’m boxing against a rising star, and I’m gonna try my hardest to f** his day up.

schleck to lead Radioshack-leopard on the Tour

SPORTS DESK Luxembourg’s former champion Andy Schleck will lead radioShack-Leopard on the Tour de France even though he has been struggling with his form for a year, the team said on Wednesday.

Since he broke his pelvis in June 2012, Schleck has failed to finish most of the stage races he has entered, although he has shown improvement lately as he finished 40th overall in the Tour of Switzerland last Sunday. “Nobody in the team ever had doubts about the talent of Andy,” team manager Luca

Guercilena said in a statement. “Little by little he has come back to the level where we expect him. The Tour de Suisse encouraged and convinced us to give him the role he deserves and to give him the opportunity to have dedicated riders surrounding and supporting him.” Schleck, however, was not aiming for a podium finish on the Champs elysees, Guercilena said. “Of course we don’t put pressure on our champion. After the last twelve months it would be unrealistic to expect a podium place. On the other hand, the lack of stress and pressure can be a positive stimulus to a brilliant performance.” Schleck, the 2010 Tour champion, will be helped by the seasoned Andreas Kloeden, who has twice finished on the Tour de France podium. Schleck’s older brother Frank cannot take part as he has been serving a one-year ban for failing a dope test during last year’s Tour. The Tour de France starts on June 29 in Porto Vecchio, Corsica. radioShack-Leopard riders: Jan Bakelants, Laurent Didier, Tony Gallopin, Markel Irizar, Andreas Klöden, Maxime Monfort, Andy Schleck, Jens Voigt & haimar Zubeldia.

saxo-tInKoFF team name tour squad Saxo-Tinkoff team has named its nine-man Tour de France squad that contains no Danes. “On a personal level it has been a tough decision for me to not have a Danish rider in the lineup,” team owner Bjarne riis of Denmark said in a team statement. “But we have committed ourselves to go with the group we believe has the best composition to achieve our overall goal.” In that regard, Spaniard Contador, who missed last year’s race because he was suspended for doping in the previous edition, will be very well supported. Australian rogers was Team Sky’s road captain when Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour last year, while solid climbers Czech Kreuziger and Irishman roche have put aside personal ambition to help Contador clinch a third Tour title. Contador can also rely on long-term domestiques Jesus hernandez, Benjamin Noval and Sergio Paulinho in a nine-man squad completed with Italians Matteo Tosatto and Daniele Bennati. “I think we have found a great mix of in-form riders,” said riis. “We have a group of strong climbers in the team, we have riders designated to take care of Alberto on the flat roads and in the wind, and I’m sure we will perform well in the TTT (team time trial) as well.” “At the same time, this team will allow us to ride aggressively or take a more controlling approach in all terrains depending on our needs. At the end of the day, this versatility will be a key component in trying to win the race.” riis left out Danes Nicki Sorensen, Chris Anker Sorensen and Michael Morkov, who are reserves for the race. Team Saxo-Tinkoff riders: Michael rogers, Nicolas roche, Matteo Tosatto, Daniele Bennati, Sergio Paulinho, Alberto Contador, Jesus hernandez, Benjamin Noval & roman Kreuziger. sPORTs dEsk


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Juventus sign ghana midfielder asamoah from udinese rovers maKe double swooP J SPORTS DESK

UVeNTUS have bought Ghana international Kwadwo Asamoah outright on a four-year deal after ending their co-ownership deal with Udinese for the midfielder, the Serie A club said on Wednesday. Juve will pay Udinese a total of nine million euros over the next three financial years for the 24-yearold. “Juventus Football Club announces that it has terminated the current co-ownership agreement with Udinese Calcio concerning the registration rights of Kwadwo Asamoah,” the club announced on their website. Asamoah has been a hit since signing for Antonio Conte’s side before the start of last season, making 27 league appearances and scoring two goals, and the club have been keen to make him their own. Juventus have also extended co-ownership deals for Mauricio Isla and Cristian Pasquato with Udinese until next June.

Tranmere have signed defenders Stephen Foster and evan horwood. Both players have put pen to paper on two-year deals with the League One club. Centre-half Foster, 32, joins after his release by Barnsley where he spent six years, including a spell as captain, and last season helped them avoid relegation from the Championship. Full-back horwood, 27, moves to Prenton Park after being released by hartlepool following their relegation to League Two. The former Sheffield United and Carlisle defender played more than 125 games during three years at Pools. rovers boss ronnie Moore said: “I’m delighted Stephen has agreed to join us ahead of a host of other clubs who were after his signature. “he’s got plenty of experience and has spent most of his career in the Championship. he’s a strong defender who reads the game well, is good in the air and is comfortable on the ball. “he’s a great addition to our squad and hopefully he’ll be joined by a few more new faces over the next couple of weeks. “I’m also delighted to be able to bring evan to Tranmere. he’s an experienced defender who likes to get forward. he created a lot of chances for his team-mates at hartlepool last season and hopefully he’ll do the same for us. “he’s played a lot of games at this level and I’m sure he will be a good addition to our squad.” ROBINSON STAYS: Tranmere midfielder Andy robinson has signed a new one-year contract with the club. robinson made 38 appearances last season, scoring 10 goals, and the 33-year-old was named League One player of the month for August after scoring a hat-trick at Carlisle. After starting his professional career with rovers, he played for Swansea and Leeds before returning to Prenton Park permanently in 2011. “Andy has been one of the first names on the team sheet since I returned to the club and I’m delighted he will be staying with us,” said Tranmere manager ronnie Moore. “he’s a great creative player with vision and awareness and as well as scoring goals he creates chances for his teammates. “There are not as many vocal players in the game as there used to be but Andy is a real presence on and off the pitch and someone who can help our younger players.” sPORTs dEsk

olazabal wIns sPaIn’s most PrestIgIous sPorts award

Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabal has won the Iberian nation’s most prestigious sports award, the Prince of Asturias prize, after he captained europe’s ryder Cup team to a stunning win against United States last year. “One of the best golfers in history, with two Masters titles at Augusta and four ryder Cup wins, a competition in which he also showed his leadership qualities, as captain helping the europe team to an epic comeback in 2012,” the jury said in announcing their decision. The 47-year-old Olazabal was a “worthy successor” to his great friend and compatriot Seve Ballesteros, who won the award in 1989, they added. sPORTs dEsk

Brazil will benefit with more than just new soccer stadiums from hosting the 2014 World Cup, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said as unrest in the country continued to overshadow the Confederations Cup. “In football, the whole country gets the legacy,” Blatter said in an interview with rio’s O Globo newspaper. “Football involves the whole country. The country improves airports, hotels, highways, telecommunications, sustainability programs.” The eight-team Confederations Cup, the test event for the World Cup, is taking place against a backdrop of street protests that have swept across Brazil. Although demonstrators originally focused their demands on a reduction in bus fares, their gripes have grown and many are aiming their anger at

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team uFone to lead sIndh oPen, chIeF oF naval staFF golF ISLAMABAD: Ufone, a leading telecom operator, has been playing a major part in the development of the game of golf over the last few years. Among many initiatives taken, one major focus has been to sponsor the country’s top golfers which as seen on the international circuit allows players to focus on their game and in turn helps them get better and stronger on the course. Team Ufone comprising of Muhammad Shabbir Iqbal, Matloob Ahmed, Muhammad Munir, Muhammad Nazir and others are ready to once again take top honors in the upcoming tournaments to be held in days to come. Muhammad Shabbir Iqbal Pakistan No.1 and the current Chief of Naval Staff champion is eager to defend the cup, said “I am excited to be back in Karachi to defend my title, CNS Golf Open has been one of my favorite tournaments which I have had the honor to win a number of times. Being part of Team Ufone has taken competition to a whole new level. Ufone has allowed the elite of golf to develop themselves and Ufone’s support and encouragement has opened doors for us to explore and be a part of both the Asain & MeNA Tour. sTaFF REPORT

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world Cup legacy for brazil goes beyond soccer: blatter SPORTS DESK

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what they see as too much investment in sport and not enough in essential

services like health, transport and education. “I can understand that people are unhappy,” Blatter added. “But football is here to unite people. Football is here to build bridges, to generate excitement, to bring hope. “Brazil asked to host the World Cup. We didn’t force it on them. It’s obvious that stadiums need to be built but that isn’t the only thing in a World Cup: there are highways, hotels, airports and a lot of other items that remain as a legacy.” Blatter and Brazilian President Dilma rousseff were booed by a capacity crowd at the Confederations Cup opener on Saturday and other matches have provided a rallying point for protests. In Brasilia, police fired tear gas at protesters who tried to reach Brazil’s first game and they also fought running battles with demonstrators outside the Maracana stadium in rio and the Mineirao arena in Belo horizonte.

LAhORE: The Government College University Lahore gives no relaxation to its sportsmen in academic work, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-rahman while addressing a ceremony organized by the university’s Sports Board in the honor of its 59 sportsmen who performed exceptionally well in the national and international competitions during the academic year 2012-13. The Vice Chancellor gave away cash awards to its sportsmen and hoped that they would further excel in sports and bring glory to their alma mater and country. The Vice Chancellor said that sportsmen were true diplomats of a country and education was equally important for them. he said that he had always encouraged his students to take part in sports and healthy co-curricular activities, adding that that he had increased funds for the sports and cocurricular activities in the university’s budget. he said “sports teach tolerance and encourage the spirit of competitiveness.” Later, Prof rahman awarded cash awards to M.Waseem Sajid, Mohsin Naveed, Tariq Mehmood, Alam Saddam, Altaf hussain Shah, Asad Zubair, Aoun Abbas, hafiz Nadeem, Azeem Sarwar, Anjum Bashir, raja M. husnain, Sheikh M. Shoaib, Zahid Arif, M. Mohsin riaz, Saif ur rehman, Sami ullah, M. Waseem, Sufian Prince, Bilal ur rehman, Arfan Zaman, rehmat Islam Khan, Ghulam Qadir, M Abdullah Khan, M. Sulman, M. Ijaz, Aourangzaib, M. Ahmed, hafiz hassan, Adnan Lateef, Mazhar, Sadeeq Salman, M. Arslan, rashid Sardar, M. rehman, Zeeshan Akram, Noor Naheed, Sadaf Mehboob, Moeez Amjad Malik, M. Babar Khan, Adnan Tasadduq, Ahmed Mahmood, Saad Ali hassan, Sharjeel Ahmad, hassan Kamran, Bashir hassan, Shahzaib Maqbool, Danish Ali, Shah Naseeb, Imad Amer, M. Ahmed, M. Waleed Khan, M.Fahad, M. Adnan, M. Imran, Ali Afzal, Ali Javed, rehan Khalid and Ghulam Mustafa. sTaFF REPORT


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no room left for wrong decisions: sc COURT SAYS LAW, CONSTITUTION SHOULD PROTECT COMMON MAN ISLAMABAD OnLinE

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hIeF Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked that national matters should be run per the law and constitution and the country could not afford any wrong decision anymore. he gave the remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of suo motu notice case on imposition of general sales tax (GST) on Wednesday. The attorney general (AG) presented government’s directive with reference to imposition of sales tax on petroleum products.

BENCH TOLD NO GST IMPOSED ON FOOD ITEMS, MEDICINES The CJP said, “The country’s affairs should be run per law and constitution. The country cannot afford any wrong decision now. What will be the need for constitution if the government enhances sales tax through a declaration? Judges and parliament together have to protect the rights of the people. We have to improve our constitution. For how long will we continue to adhere to laws enacted by the British. People ask their elected representatives why the government is increasing sales tax which is not allowed by the constitution. We can not allow such steps to be taken.” The AG said, “This law is in force since 1931 and under this law, the government is authorized to levy, increase or decrease any

tax. Under this law, tax stands imposed forthwith and its implementation is not subject to approval of finance bill.” The CJP said, “If this law is not in clash with the fundamental rights enshrined in law and constitution. When assemblies and constitution are in place, why is there a need not being felt to explain this law. We are not living in 1931. A new wave of inflation has swept the country with the imposition of GST. Billions of rupees are going out of the pockets of consumers. Colonial system is not functioning now. We have our own independent society. how can we shift the burden to the pockets of people according to laws enacted by the British.” The CJP remarked, “The bench is unable to understand how tax can be imposed through a declaration when the finance bill is yet to be approved. Presidential ordinance can be promulgated for temporary legislation.” he added that the government was running under constitution. “how can

slapping such a tax be allowed? Tax has been imposed on food products. Tax has been levied on life-saving drugs. Where should the people go? The common man is paying the tax charged on non-registered petrol pumps. You have caused loss to the common man. Ninety percent of petrol pumps are not registered.” The CJP added that if “you go to the market you will find price of every commodity raised”. “Give in writing that nonregistered shopkeepers and businessmen are not charging this tax. Please go, conduct a survey in the market and bring the results to us. Tax cannot be levied without legislation or act of parliament. Ordinance can also be promulgated in this respect. Constitution says tax be slapped but the constitutional formalities be fulfilled on this count. Constitutional clauses cannot be covered through declaration.” The court was told that the practice was on since 2007. The chief justice then said it

was a wrong step even if it was being pursued since 1998 and it should have been stopped. he remarked that governments could not run without taxes but there should be no injustice to the people. Tax recovery should be made per law. The AG said the law of 1931 was also an act of parliament and it enjoyed constitutional protection. “GST is not applicable to food products and medicines. The Finance Ministry has directed FBr to issue a clarification. All tax officers have been issued directives to exercise strict monitoring,” the AG added. The CJP said anything aimed at benefiting the businessman would not work, “but talks about protecting the state will work”. “We cannot allow the state to create problems for the common man or cause any harm to him. If the parliament says it has imposed 16 or 17 percent tax, how can you recover 26 percent taxes?” The proceedings were later adjourned until today (Thursday).

Malik to present rs 180b Balochistan budget today QUETTA sHaHZada ZuLFiQaR

QUETTA: An Afghan family waits to be repatriated to their homeland on the eve of World Refugee Day on Wednesday. inP

sC tells HeC to complete Mps’ degree verification process by 26th ORDERS HEC TO PROCEED AGAINST ALL FORMER, SITTING MPs, WHO HAVE NOT PROVIDED EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR VERIFICATION PROCESS ISLAMABAD sTaFF REPORT

hearing the fake-degrees case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the higher education Commission to complete the degree verification process by June 26 and proceed against all former and sitting MPs, who had not provided the educational documents required for the verification of their graduation degrees. The court directed the heC to submit a report after completing the verification process. It also directed the election Commission of Pakistan to take action against the fake-degree holders. A three-member bench,

headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, also issued notices to PML-Q leader Wajhat hussain, Khawaja Aslam, Mian Shafi and Amna Ulfat seeking their replies to the applications challenging their degrees. During the hearing, an heC representative presented a fresh list of dubious degreeholders, most of who had made it to the new National and provincial assemblies after the May 11 elections. The lists carried the names of PML-Q lawmaker Samina Khawar hayat, Mian Shafi, Mir Badshah Qaiserani, Akbar Magsi, Liaquat hussain Bhatti, Shaukat Aziz Bhatti, Dewan Ashiq hussain, Khawaja

Aslam, Zeb Jaffar, Maulvi Agha Muhammad, Miss Maiza, Iftikhar Gilani and Bilal rehman. hearing the case regarding Liaqat Abbas Bhatti’s dubious degrees, the bench expressed annoyance over the performance of the heC and the eCP. The court also observed that in case dubious degree-holders were unable to provide the documents required for the verification of their degrees, the court would order that FIrs be registered against them. To a court query, the heC representative told the court that as many as 71 cases of parliamentarians’ degrees were yet to be decided by the heC. The court directed the heC chairman to proceed against all those former or sitting lawmakers who were not providing required educational credential for the verification of their graduation degrees. Later, further proceedings were adjourned until June 26.

six troops killed in Peshawar ambush PEShAWAR: At least six security personnel were killed and three injured when a military convoy was ambushed by militants in Sara Khwaara area on Kohat road in the outskirts of Peshawar late on Wednesday. Official sources said that heavily armed militants targeted the convoy in Sara Khwaara area of Mattani district near the troubled Darra Adamkhel region, killing six security personnel. A vehicle of the para-military forces was also destroyed in the attack which was initiated with rockets fires, they added. The security forces also claimed to have killed at least four attackers as a search operation is ongoing in the area. The exchange of fires between the militants and the security forces continued for almost an hour during which three security personnel were also injured. On May 16, an army convoy was attacked in the same area, leaving at least five soldiers dead. sTaFF REPORT

4 americans killed in attack on afghan base WAShINGTON: Four Americans were killed on Tuesday in an attack on Bagram air base by insurgents in Afghanistan. According to a US defense official seeking anonymity, the deaths were caused by insurgent indirect fire of either mortars or rockets. The report of casualties came hours after the Taliban insurgency announced it would enter peace talks with the Afghan government and the United States and after NATO formally handed over responsibility for security to the Kabul government. OnLinE

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The newly-elected Balochistan government would present its first 2013-14 fiscal budget today (Thursday), as three provincial ministers were administered oath of their offices after hectic negotiations between the coalition partners on Wednesday. The volume of the provincial budget would be more than rs 180 billion including rs 40 billion for the development sector. Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai has summoned the provincial assembly’s session at 6pm and Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch would present the budget. Finance Department sources told Pakistan Today that earlier the provincial budget was estimated at rs 200 billion but due to massive cuts in funds by the federal government it had become difficult for the provincial government to present such a huge budget. They said that salaries of government officials would be raised by 10 to 15 percent while the government was also likely to an-

nounce 4,000 new jobs. ThREE BALOChISTAN MINISTERS SWORN IN: Meanwhile, Governor Achakzai administered oath to Provincial President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, Abdul rahim Ziaratwal of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani of National Party (NP). earlier, sources in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat said that six ministers would take oath, but at the eleventh hour the decision was changed. Some sources, who did not want to be named, said that there was a deadlock among the coalition partners in terms of distribution of ministries. “every political party wishes to keep important portfolios,” they said, citing this as the main reason behind delay in announcement of names of cabinet members. According to the 18th constitutional amendment, the size of Balochistan cabinet would be 15 including advisers. The constitution has created problems for the political parties where every member wants to be in the cabinet.

power tariff goes up by rs 1.12 per unit ISLAMABAD inP

The inflation-stricken masses received another blow as the National electric Power regulatory Authority (Nepra) approved rs 1.12 per unit hike in electricity tariff on Wednesday. The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) had requested the regulatory authority (NePrA) to increase the per unit price of electricity under the fuel adjustment plan. As per CPPA recommendations, cost of diesel-based power generation stood at rs 20.80 per unit last month, cost of production of furnace oil-

based power stood at rs 16.16 per unit, gas-based power generation cost rs 5.21 per unit and cost of hydro-power generation remained at 8 paisas per unit. Power theft and line losses were recorded at 90 million units. During the month of May, 7.30 billion units of electricity were produced at the cost of rs 56 billions. CPPA proposed that the approval for raising power tariff at the rate of rs 1.12 per unit be accorded. After hearing CPPA’s recommendations, Nepra approved increase of rs 1.12 in electricity tariff. The hike in power tariff will be applied in December bills.


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